Pirates at Reds Betting Preview: Pirates (+192), Reds (-225)
The Pirates will look to avoid their eighth straight loss in Wednesday’s series finale. Pittsburgh’s lone run in a 4-1 defeat Tuesday came in the fourth inning, when Colin Moran singled home Ke’Bryan Hayes, who doubled one batter earlier.
Rookie right-hander JT Brubaker (1-1, 5.34 ERA) is set to start for Pittsburgh in his first career appearance against Cincinnati. Brubaker struggled through the roughest outing of the season to date in his most recent start Sept. 9, taking the loss after allowing seven runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox.
Brubaker hadn’t yielded more than three runs in any of his previous seven outings (five starts). He also surrendered two home runs, the first time he served up multiple round-trippers in a game.
Cincinnati earned its season-high fourth straight victory Tuesday with help from Tucker Barnhart’s fourth home run of the season, a solo shot leading off the second inning.
The Reds have outscored opponents 26-11 during the streak while climbing to ninth place in the National League, one game behind the San Francisco Giants for the NL’s final playoff spot.
Right-hander Luis Castillo (2-5, 3.44 ERA) tossed a complete-game two-hitter at St. Louis in his most recent start, allowing one run with three walks and six strikeouts on Friday. In nine career starts against the Pirates, Castillo is 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 51 innings.
Pirates at Reds Betting Pick for September 16, 2020
The Reds secured their second straight series win on Tuesday, and they will look to keep rolling on the strength of an opportunistic lineup and a resurgent Castillo, who is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two September starts with 14 strikeouts in 15 innings.
Pirates at Reds Betting Pick: Reds 7, Pirates 2
Pirates at Reds Best Bet for September 16, 2020
The Pirates have been outscored 27-6 over the past four games, while the Reds are suddenly knocking on the door of the NL playoff field. Look for those trends to continue as Cincinnati tries to complete a four-game sweep.
Pirates at Reds Best Bet: OVER 8.5 total runs (-110)
–Field Level Media