Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds 5-8-22

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds 5/8/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds 5/8/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Pittsburgh Pirates will meet with the Cincinnati Reds in MLB action in Great American Ball Park, OH, on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at 1:40 PM ET.


After a disastrous 2021 season in which they lost 101 games, Pittsburgh entered the 2022 season with low hopes. They started the season with the third-lowest payroll in baseball, indicating that owner Bob Nutting’s prime objective isn’t winning baseball matches.


While an 11-14 record in the first month isn’t going to put them in postseason contention, it’s a lot better than it could have been – and the Reds are an example of how bad things can become when a team’s general staff isn’t focused on winning.


In the series finale on Sunday, Pittsburgh’s Zach Thompson will take the ball. Thompson was acquired from Miami in the Jacob Stallings deal after pitching 75 innings for the Marlins in 2021.


Thompson had a 3.26 ERA in 14 starts and 12 relief outings, with a 21 percent strikeout rate and 8.9 percent walk rate, as well as a 1.21 WHIP. Thompson’s 2022 season did not go as planned; he has a 9.39 ERA and only reached the fifth inning in one of his appearances. Thompson has an unappealing 2.22 WHIP, a bloated 12.2 percent BB rate, and only a 15.9% strikeout rate.


  • The total went OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s previous 7 matches.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates are 3-7 SU in their last 10 matches.
  • Pittsburgh is 7-13 SU in their last 20 matches against Cincinnati.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds Predictions 5/8/2022


Cincinnati‘s problems were well chronicled, as they had a historically terrible first month of the season. After capturing two of their first four matches in 2022, the Reds went on a 21-game losing streak, proving that their plan of letting go of nearly every strong player from their 2021 squad was not going to work in 2022.


They are performing poorly, no group of big-league players could predict such a high percentage of success.


The Reds will start Tyler Mahle in pursuit of their fifth win. Mahle established himself as a competent MLB pitcher following a breakout 2020 season, which he followed up with a successful 2021 campaign in which he threw 180 innings with a 3.75 ERA, 27.7% strikeout rate, and 1.23 WHIP.


His early statistics in 2022 are less than stellar, with a 7.01 ERA, a 21.7 percent strikeout rate, and an 11.7 percent walk rate.


  • The total went OVER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 6 matches.
  • The Cincinnati Reds are 1-10 SU in their last 11 matches.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 matches against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds. The MLB pick for this game is the Cincinnati Reds. It’s unusual for the Reds to be favorites, and even more unusual for me to recommend betting on such a lousy club. However, in this situation, the beginning pitching presents just too big of a mismatch to overlook.


In 2021, Zach Tompson was unable to get anybody out, and while his finest days are certainly ahead of him, even the hapless Reds will be able to exploit him in tomorrow’s game.


Tyler Naquin and Tyler Stephenson both returned to the lineup, giving them some more pop and making the day more difficult for a pitcher that struggled regardless of who is in the box in 2022.


Tyler Mahle is similarly looking for his 2021 form, but he showed flashes of it in the past, and a matchup against Pittsburgh’s anemic offense may be just what he needs to get back on track.


In 2022, expect Mahle to have his finest day yet as his club provides him with ample run support from a pitcher who would be in AAA if he played for practically any other team. The Cincinnati Reds will win to a predicted score of 5-2.


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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds 5/8/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 1:40 PM (EDT)


Location: Great American Ball Park, OH


Date: Sunday, May 8, 2022




MLB Odds: Cincinnati Reds -167


MLB Totals: 6.5


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