The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds have both gotten off to identical unbeaten starts through three games, but one will suffer their first loss of the 2016 when the two teams square off in their NL Central Division battle on Saturday. Now, let’s find out which team is the right one to back in this intriguing undefeated teams MLB betting match up affair.
How To Bet The Pirates @ Reds MLB Odds, TV & Game Information
When: Saturday, April 09 – 1:10 PM EST
Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: ROOT, FS-O
Probable Starters: Pirates: Gerrit Cole vs. Reds: Raisel Iglesias
Why Bet the Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates look like great wager in this contest because they have the better starting pitcher taking the mound and are hitting the ball very well right now. Pittsburgh completed a three-game sweep of St. Louis by scoring four runs or more in every game while simultaneously limiting the Cardinals to one run in two of those contests while cashing in three times as a home favorite. Pirates’ right-hander Gerrit Cole went 19-8 last season with a fine 2.60 ERA and will make his 2016 debut in this contest. Unfortunately, he’s struggled against the Reds. Last year, Cole went 0-3 with a 5.95 ERA in four starts against Cincinnati.
The good news for Pittsburgh betting backers coming into this affair is that the Pirates have gone 8-1 in their last nine road games and 5-1 in their last six road games against a right-handed starter.
Why Bet the Cincinnati Reds
The Reds are a good bet because they’re playing at home in a meaningful division matchup! Cincinnati spanked lowly Philadelphia three straight times to kick off their 2016 campaign while limiting the Phils to an identical two runs in the first two games of the series while also scoring six runs in Game 1 and a whopping 10 runs in Game 3.
Right-hander Raisel Iglesias was solid but got a no decision in allowing two runs on six hits in 6.0 innings of Cincy’s 6-2 win over Philly on Monday. The 26-year-old allowed the leadoff batter to get a hit in four of his six innings but issued no walks and finished with seven strikeouts. The best news for Cincinnati betting backers coming into this contest is the fact that the Reds are 4-0 in their last four games against a right-handed starter.
My Expert Prediction and Pick
I’ll get right to the point by saying that I like the Pittsburgh Pirates to get the win in this contest despite the fact that the Pirates are 0-6 in Gerrit Cole’s last six starts against the Reds, including 0-4 in his last four road starts against Cincy. The Pirates are 4-1 in their last five games against their NL Central division rivals and a robust 37-16 in their last 53 games against a right-handed starter.
The Reds may have beaten pitiful Philadelphia three times to start the season, but remember, this ballclub is just 9-23 in their last 32 home games and a dismal 1-9 in their last 10 games against their National League Central division rivals. The Reds are also just 2-5 in Raisel Iglesias’ last seven starts while the Pirates are 4-1 in Gerrit Cole’s last five road starts and an insane 44-18 in Cole’s last 62 starts overall. Pirates are 44-18 in Coles last 62 starts on grass.
My final score prediction: Pittsburgh 4 Cincinnati 2