Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds - 4/7/21 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds - 4/7/21 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds (4-1) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (1-4)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 12:35 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Luis Castillo (0-1) (21.60) vs Chad Kuhl (0-0) (3.00)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds -176 / Pittsburgh Pirates +166 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cincinnati Reds will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final game of a three game set on Wednesday. The Reds will be going for the sweep after winning the last game 14-1.

The Reds have now won 4 in a row after their win on Tuesday. Wade Miley started for Cincinnati and tossed 6 shutout innings, while only allowing 2 hits with 6 strikeouts. The offense broke out for 14 runs on 17 hits. Tyler Naquin was 3-4 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in the game. Mike Moustakas was 2-3 from the dish with 2 runs scored. To start the season the Reds have a .314 team batting average (2nd), .956 OPS (1st), 10 HR (2nd), and 46 runs scored (1st).

Starting for Cincinnati will be righty Luis Castillo. In his last start he went 3.1 innings, allowing 10 runs on 8 hits with no strikeouts. Against the current Pirates line-up, he has allowed a collective .235 batting average, with 1 HR in 76 at-bats.

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Pittsburgh is now 1-4 to start the season after their loss on Tuesday. They have continued to struggle from the plate, as they only managed 5 hits in the game. Pittsburgh was 0-3 with runners in scoring position and left 5 on base. Through 5 games the Pirates have a team batting average of .196 and 13 total runs scored, both 6th worst in the majors.  Colin Moran leads the team with a .333 batting average, 2 HR and 3RBI.

The Pirates will send out righty Chad Kuhl on Wednesday for his second start of the year. He only went three innings in his first start, tossing 3 innings allowing 1 run, with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Against these Reds he has allowed 4 home runs in 78 at-bats with a collective .258 batting average.

Cincinnati is 7-3 in their last 10 regular season games, and the over is 6-3-1.

Pittsburgh is 5-5 in their last 10 regular season games, and the under is 7-2-1.

The Reds offense has been the best in the majors through the first week of the season, while Pittsburgh has struggled and is still without Ke’Bryan Hayes. Luis Castillo struggled in his first start but was 2-0 against the Pirates in 2020, only allowing 2 runs in 13 innings. He should be able to get back on track against a struggling Pirates offense. The Reds should be able to win this one by a few runs. Give me Cincinnati to cover the run line.  

 

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Joe’s Pick Cincinnati Reds -1.5

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