The MLB is back after the break as the Pittsburgh Pirates will clash with the Cincinnati Reds in game one of their three-game set. The Pirates will give the nod to Jameson Taillon and the Reds will start the game with Tyler Mahle.
Pittsburgh Pirates Form
The Pittsburgh Pirates did not have a good start of the season and their form was not consistent in the first half. However, it seems that they have hit top form right before the break as they won the last six games. The Pirates have averaged 4.30 runs per game and have allowed 5.23 runs per game on the road so far.
Jameson Taillon record against the Reds stands at 2-3 with a 4.80 ERA in nine starts, including 1-2 with a 7.20 ERA in four starts at the Great American Ballpark.
On the offensive side of the game, Pittsburgh has been an average offensive team so far as they are placed on the 15th place in the league in scoring, putting up 4.38 runs per game, while also being 12th place in hitting at .250 and 24th spot in homers with a total of 97. On the mound, they have been below average as they are placed on the 20th place in the league in ERA at 4.32, while also being on the 19th spot in WHIP at 1.34 and 15th place in K’s with 829.
Cincinnati Reds Form
The Reds are one of the teams that were in a really good form before the break. They have won 18 of their last 26 games and if they keep this tempo, a playoff spot for them is on the horizon. The Reds have averaged 4.94 runs per game and have allowed 5.23 runs per game at home so far this season.
Tyler Mahle record against the Pirates stands at 0-2 with a 4.60 ERA in three starts.
On the offensive side of the game, the Reds have been good this season as they are placed on the 9th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.80 runs per game, while also holding the 4th spot in hitting at .260 and 20th spot in homers with a total of 101. On the mound, they have been poor as they are placed on the 26th spot in the league in ERA at 4.69, while also holding the 27th place in WHIP at 1.42 and 25th spot in K’s with 735.
The Reds have been playing well lately and they have a chance for a playoff spot. On the other hand, the Pirates have been hot in the last few games before the break. Their offence has been dominant and I expect more of the same in this game. Go for the Pirates.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds 07/20/2018 is: Take the Pittsburgh Pirates -107 (money line bet)
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