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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds 8/5/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds 8/5/2021 Picks Predictions Previews


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The opener of a four-game series will take place on Thursday at the Great American Ball Park between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.  This is a National League Central Division match-up between the second-place Cincinnati Reds at 57-51 and last-place Pittsburgh Pirates at 41-67.  The Reds trail Milwaukee Brewers for the lead by 7 ½ games.


The Pittsburgh Pirates split the first two games against the Brewers, dropping the first match at 6-2 and winning the second at 8-5.  The Pirates eventually lost the series at 4-2 in the finale.  The Pirates are looking for a win after dropping 6 of their last 9 games.  The Pirates still have the worst record in scoring offense with 396 runs and .364 in slugging.  They drop to 18th in batting at .236.  Pittsburgh posted a team ERA of 5.03 which is 28th and allows their opponents to bat at an average of .254 is 23rd in MLB.  2B Adam Frazier leads the Pirates with a batting average of .324 and a team-high 125 hits.  LF Bryan Reynolds holds a team-high 18 home runs, 61 RBIs, and .391 OBP.  Starting for Thursday is Wil Crowe.  The right-hand pitcher is 3-5 with a 5.40 ERA.  Across 71.2 innings this season, Crowe has 73 hits, 43 earned runs, allowed 15 homers, 35 walks, and 66 strikeouts.


  • Pittsburgh is 1-9 SU in their last 10 games against Cincinnati.

  • Pittsburgh is 0-7 SU in their last 7 games on the road against Cincinnati.

  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games against an opponent in the NL.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds Predictions 8/5/2021


The Cincinnati Reds are coming into this series with a split game in a doubleheader against the Twins.  The Reds lost the first game by 7-5 but bounced back and edged the Twins in the finale at 6-5.  Cincinnati’s offense belongs in the top 8 in MLB.  They boast a total of 460 runs this season which is tied for the top 5 in the league.  Cincinnati has an on-base percentage of .333 and is batting at an average of .252 which are 4th and 6th in MLB.  The Red’s ERA is 21st at 4.54 and BAA is 18th at .244.  RF Nick Castellanos leads Cincinnati with a batting average of .329.  1B Joey Votto leads with 21 homers and 61 RBIs.  RF Jesse Winker leads with a team-high 119 hits while 3B Jonathan India leads with .403 OBP.  For the opening game on Thursday, Cincinnati will send Sonny Gray to the hill.  The right-hander is 3-6 with a 4.26 ERA.  Through 76.0 innings of work this season, Gray has 76 hits, 36 earned runs, allowed 11 homers, 29 walks, and 96 strikeouts.


  • Cincinnati is 7-0 SU in its last 7 games at home against Pittsburgh.

  • The total went OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games against Pittsburgh.

  • The total went OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games at home.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds. The MLB pick for this game goes to the Cincinnati Reds. The play here is OVER.  Cincinnati’s dominance in the offense should come into play here.  The Reds also have the upper hand with a better pitcher in Gray.  Crowe is having a tough time at the mound this year while Gray pitched well in his outing against the Mets. Taking the game at home is the Cincinnati Reds.  Final Score Prediction and Play is OVER 7-1.


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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds 8/5/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:10 PM ET


Location: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati


Date: Thursday, August 05, 2021




MLB Odds: Cincinnati Reds -230


MLB Totals: 9.0


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