The Reds and Pirates will open up a series tonight in Pittsburgh as the Pirates drop further and further out of the playoff race. PNC Park will host a surprisingly good pitching duel between Ivan Nova, who is 4-0 with a 2.89 since being acquired by the Pirates, and Dan Straily (11-7, 3.83 ERA), who is the most profitable starting pitcher in the majors.
- The Reds are 9-1 in their last 10 games with Dan Straily as the starting pitcher.
- The Pirates are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a moneyline favorite of -150 or less.
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Reds’ last 10 games against the Pirates.
If you’ve been riding Straily since the all-star break, there’s a good chance he’s lined your pockets. The Reds righty has only posted one loss since the break and has only allowed more than two runs once in his last 10 starts.
Nova struggled mightily in his final days as a Yankee but it seems the Pirates got a great deal for a pitcher who has been excellent since joining his new team. For the season, Nova is 6-2 in home starts with a 3.13 ERA and limited the Reds to three runs over seven innings the last time he faced them.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those going with the Pittsburgh Pirates in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline favorites of -137 at BetOnline for Thursday’s contest. The betting total was hovering near 8.5 at Bodog.
Odds – Shark
computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 6.6-3.4 victory for the Reds. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Pittsburgh Pirates bring a 68-69 record to the battle against the 57-81 Reds. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati injuries news.
The Odds – Shark
MLB Power Rankings have the Pittsburgh Pirates at No. 14 and the Cincinnati Reds at No. 12 heading into this contest.
On offense, it’s a battle between the Pittsburgh Pirates and its No. 17-rated batting order, averaging 4.48 runs per nine innings, against the No. 18 line up of the Cincinnati Reds at 4.4 runs per outing.
Pittsburgh owns the No. 19 defense, allowing 4.48 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Cincinnati’s No. 28-rated defense.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Reds endured a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Mets on Wednesday, with A DeSclafani throwing 6 innings of 7-hit ball at Great American Ball Park.
Pittsburgh rolled to a 4-3 win against St. Louis on Wednesday, as Jameson Taillon and the Pirates’ bats led the team to victory at PNC Park.
- Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Cincinnati is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 8 games
- Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Pittsburgh is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Friday, September 9th