Online MLB Expert Pick on Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
It’s crazy to describe a team who have pretty much secured a playoff spot as being stuck between a rock and a hard place, but that is essentially what happens when you have the Wild Card locked up, but are also too far back to win the division. That is the position that the Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in, but you can bet they will be making one final push for the NL Central in the final couple of weeks. They will head to Cincinnati to face the Reds, with the second of 3 games set for Tuesday and the Pirates listed as -127 favorites on MLB odds.
Quick Analysis on the Online MLB Expert Pick on Pittsburgh at Cincinnati & Game Info
Date: Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Venue: Great American Ball Park
Opening Line: Pittsburgh -127
Last week proved to be a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the Pirates (81-54). They started out their 9-game road trip by being swept in Milwaukee, but bounced back to take 2 of 3 from the Cardinals. The Pirates now find themselves 5.5 games back of St. Louis, and they have to be kicking themselves for failing to make it even closer by not being able to take care of a poor Milwaukee Brewers club.
They cannot make the same mistake this week, which means they have of take care of the Reds on the road before exacting revenge on the Brewers in a 4-game series in Pittsburgh. You feel that if they lose more than 1 game during that stretch, they are just not going to make up any ground in the division race. Francisco Liriano (9-7, 3.40 ERA) saw a very long unbeaten streak finally come to an end in his last start.
There have been very few things to cheer about in Cincinnati (56-79) this season, with the play of Joey Votto (.318, 27 HR, 70 RBI) perhaps the only thing to get excited about. He really has been the only positive for a Red offense that would be a whole lot more awful looking without him in the lineup. It has been a poor offense that has hurt the Reds all season, but to pin their woes on a lack of power is understating just how bad things are there at the moment. It has been a painful fall from grace for a franchise that is not that far removed from being a good one. A lot of changes are going to have to be made to get this bunch anywhere their former glories. Raisel Iglesias (3-6, 3.81 ERA) has pitched very well for the Reds, but has received no run support in return.
Key Online Betting Trends
Pittsburgh is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games on the road
Cincinnati is 5-17 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games
Cincinnati is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games at home
Cincinnati is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing Pittsburgh
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
This is definitely a tricky little series for the Pirates, but is one that they should handle quite easily. This may well be the Red best opportunity to get a win, but they seldom give Iglesias the support his pitching deserves. Pirates win this in a close one.