The MLB is back in action today as the Pittsburgh Pirates will clash with the Cincinnati Reds. This is game two of a three-game series. The Reds won game one by a score of 11-6.
Pittsburgh Pirates Form
The Pirates had the ability get into the playoffs this season. Moreover, they are just 4 games behind in the race for the top spot in the National League Central. However, they have not been playing well lately. And it seems that this recent poor form will cost them a postseason spot. On that note, it is important to emphasize that their pitching has been their real downfall of late as they have now allowed 7.25 runs per game over their last eight games. And I believe that this is the key element before putting any bets on the Pirates at the moment.
The Pirates score an average of 4.63 runs per game, while also being on the 5th in hitting at .267. Also, they are 26th in homers with 109. On the mound, they have the 23rd record in the league in ERA at 4.96, while also ranking 23rd in WHIP at 1.42 and 15th in K’s with 922.
Cincinnati Reds Form
The Reds have been very inconsistent throughout the season. However, they are still in the race for a playoff spot as their recent form has been good. The Reds won their last three games in a row. And now they are 6.5 games behind in the race for the top spot in the National League Central. On the downside, the Reds are struggling on offence as they achieved only 12 runs in their previous four games.
The Reds score an average of 4.45 runs per game, while also being 22nd in hitting at .245 and 17th in homers with 140. On the mound, they have the 5th best record in the league in ERA at 3.96, while also ranking 5th in WHIP at 1.27 and 7th in K’s with 991.
The Pirates are suffering lately and their pitching is letting them down. They are a team with good potential but they did not show that so far this season. On the other side, the Reds are on a good run with three wins in a row. Their offence might be struggling a bit but they are the better team and I expect another win for them in this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds 07/30/2019 is: take the Cincinnati Reds -245 (MoneyLine)
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