Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/4/20 MLB Picks and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/4/20 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds (16-21) at Pittsburgh Pirates (11-24)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 4:05 pm (PNC Park)

Luis Castillo (0-5) (4.34) vs. Steven Brault (0-1) (4.00)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +161 / Cincinnati Reds -175 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates face off in a doubleheader on Friday at PNC Park. This preview is for game one, and since it’s a doubleheader this game will only be seven innings long. These two teams have played two games so far this year with each team winning one of the games. 

The Cincinnati Reds have had their fair share of struggles so far this year, but they are coming off a win in their last game against the St. Louis Cardinals. This is a Reds squad that hasn’t been elite this year on offense, and even in the last game that they won, they only scored four runs total. Nick Castellanos has been the best offensive player for the Reds this year and coming into this game he has hit ten home runs and driven in 24 RBI’s. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Pittsburgh Pirates who had lost three games in a row heading into their last game against the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates put up four runs in the 3rd inning and that paced them as they were able to come away with a 6-2 victory. Erik Gonzalez has been the best player for the Pirates hitting three home runs and driving in 17 RBI’s.

Luis Castillo will get the start for the Reds and coming into this game he has an 0-5 record and an ERA of 4.10. 

Steven Brault will get the start for the Pirates and coming into this game he sits with an 0-1 record and an ERA of 4.00. 

The Reds are 1-8 in Castillo’s last nine starts. The over is 6-2-1 in Castillo’s last nine games played on grass. The over is 9-1-1 in Castillo’s last 11 games played on Friday. The Pirates are 16-36 in their last 52 games overall. 

These are two pitchers who haven’t been elite this year, and that will continue in this game. Look for both teams to run up the score in this game and that will ead to this game going well over the posted total. In terms of the side it’s a lean to the Reds.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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