Reds vs. Pirates Prediction
The Pittsburgh Pirates managed to edge the Cincinnati Reds in a low-scoring game on Friday. Can they do it again today at 7:05PM ET?
955 Cincinnati Reds vs. 956 Pittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, August 24, 2019
7:05PM ET – PNC Park
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Reds are the slight favorite on the road today, as they are getting odds of -120 to win. The Pirates are listed with a money line of +100 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 9 runs. The public betting for the contest currently has 69 percent going on the Reds on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Cincinnati suffered a 3-2 loss to the Pirates on Friday, ending their chances of a three-game win streak. Cincy has had four of its last five games decided by one run. Cincinnati is 60-67 on the season, 23-36 on the road and 74-48 with the under. The Reds have Alex Wood on the mound today. He is 1-2 on the season with a 5.92 ERA.
The Reds held a 2-1 lead entering the ninth, but gave up two runs to the Reds. Raisel Iglesias blew his fourth save and dropped to 2-4 on the year by giving up two runs on four hits while recording just one out. Anthony DeSclafani threw six innings in the start and gave up just one run on five hits. Aristides Aquino led Cincy at the plate with a home run, three hits and two RBI. Freddy Galvis added two hits and scored a run.
Pirates struggling to score
Despite the win on Friday, the Pirates have scored just 10 runs over their last seven games. The Pirates are 53-75 on the season, 27-37 at home and 72-52 with the over. Pittsburgh has Trevor Williams getting the start today. He is 5-6 on the season with a 5.65 ERA.
Mitch Keller threw six innings and allowed just one run in the start on Friday. He struck out nine. Felipe Vazquez got the win in relief with a perfect ninth. Adam Frazier and Pablo Reyes each had a RBI single in the ninth while Reyes had his come in walk-off fashion. Colin Moran drove in the other run for Pittsburgh in the win.
MLB Betting Trends
The Reds are 5-1 in their last six Saturday games and 8-3 in their last 11 against a losing team.
The Pirates are 5-16 in their last 21 home games and 1-8 in their last nine following a win.
Wood has just five starts this year and all have been somewhat shaky. His two road starts have actually been his best two starts this year. Williams has been a dumpster fire the last couple weeks, giving up 19 runs over his last 12 innings. He has a 6.99 ERA at home this year and that is going to be a problem with Pittsburgh unable to produce runs lately. Cincinnati isn’t an offensive power either, but the Reds have more scoring potential and a slightly better starting pitcher.
MLB Prediction: Cincinnati Reds -120