Pittsburgh Pirates Odds
The season can’t end soon enough for the Pirates, who dropped to 14-30 Sunday after absorbing an 11-0 loss in Kansas City that capped a weekend sweep. And they have to squeeze in 16 more games over the season’s final 14 days.
Pittsburgh is last in MLB in three key offensive categories — on-base percentage, runs and slugging percentage. Josh Bell has hit safely in six straight games, but he’s batting just .232, 45 points below where he finished in 2019, and has only 17 RBIs in 42 games.
The Pirates will send rookie right-hander Cody Ponce (1-1, 3.46 ERA) to the mound for his second straight start against the Reds. Ponce gave up three runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks in four innings in a no-decision back on Sept. 4.
Cincinnati Reds Odds
Sunday’s 10-5 win in St. Louis moved the Reds to 21-26 and brought them within two games of San Francisco for the second wild-card spot in the NL. With series against the White Sox and Twins still left, games like the one Monday are must-win deals for Cincinnati.
Eugenio Suarez went 3-for-5 against the Cardinals with a homer and two RBIs, upping his average to .211. Suarez does have 13 homers and 30 RBIs, and is certainly capable on getting on a hot streak over the last two weeks to carry a struggling offense.
Trevor Bauer (4-3, 1.74 ERA) tries to fortify his Cy Young Award resume in this one. He’s coming off 7 2/3 shutout innings Wednesday night against the Cubs in a 3-0 victory.
Pirates at Reds Betting Pick for September 14, 2020
While the Pirates beat Bauer the last time they faced him on Sept. 4, all the odds stack up in the Reds’ favor in this one. There’s a reason Pittsburgh has a minus-73 run differential in only 44 games. Bauer figures to get revenge and help Cincinnati bag a win it has to get.
Pirates at Reds Betting Pick: Pirates (+151), Reds (-164)
Reds 4, Pirates 1
Pirates at Reds Best Bet for September 14, 2020
This is a game where the under should be a fairly comfortable bet. In a seven-inning game, it only takes two good passes through the order to reach the sixth with a low score. The Pirates are 28th in MLB in average and the Reds are dead last.
Pirates at Reds Best Bet: UNDER 9.5 total runs