Pirates vs. Reds Wednesday Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds, 5/23/2018 Prediction & Odds

After the game fell just below the betting total last night, will Wednesday night's National League Central matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds turn into a high-scoring affair?

Game Snapshot & Odds

957 Pittsburgh Pirates (-110) at 958 Cincinnati Reds (+100); 9.5 runs

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

7:10 p.m. ET, Great American Ball Park

TV: PIT (ATTP); CIN (FSO)

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Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Pirates as a -110 favorite. As of this writing, 75% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Pirates to beat the Reds on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Pirates' Kuhl allows four runs, lasts just 4 1/3 innings

Chad Kuhl allowed four runs while lasting only 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Padres. Kuhl gave up six hits and walked two, and Bucs manager Clint Hurdle had a quick hook after an Eric Hosmer two-run double with one out in the fifth inning coughed up the Pirates' lead. It was a disappointing turn against a weak Padres lineup, especially after Kuhl had put together two good starts in a row heading into the outing. Through nine starts, the right-hander has a 4.53 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.

Reds' Bailey allows six runs in loss to Cubs

Homer Bailey fell to 1-6 after allowing six runs over 4 2/3 innings Friday against the Cubs. Bailey gave up 10 hits for the second straight start. On the bright side, he didn’t give up a homer for the first time since April 10. Bailey walked five batters on the night, three of them intentional to Ian Happ. He holds a rough 6.11 ERA over 10 starts and shouldn’t be a fantasy consideration

MLB Betting Trends

Pittsburgh

The Pirates are now winless in their last four games against the Reds in Cincinnati following last night's 7-2 loss.

Cincinnati

The Reds are 2-8 in Bailey's last 10 starts versus the Pirates and are 1-4 in his last five home outings against Pittsburgh.

Prediction:

The under has actually been a great bet in this series, going 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and a perfect 6-0 in the last six meetings in Cincinnati. That said, I see tonight being high-scoring on both sides. The over is 8-0-1 in the Kuhl's last nine starts overall and is 7-0 in his last seven outings versus a team with a losing record. On the other side, the over is 5-2-2 in the Reds' last nine games and is 3-0-1 in Bailey's last four home outings.

The Pick: Pirates/Reds over 9.5

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