Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds - 5/8/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds - 5/8/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds (4-22) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (10-15)

Game Info: Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 1:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Tyler Mahle (1-4) (5.96) vs Zach Thompson (1-3) (9.39)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds -172 / Pittsburgh Pirates +125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds face off on Sunday in an MLB showdown at the Great American Ballpark. These two teams faced off in a doubleheader on Saturday, and they split the games. In Game 1 the Reds won 9-2, but in the second game, the Pirates got some revenge winning 8-5. 

The Pirates come into this game with an 11-15 record overall, and one of their best offensive games of the season came in Game 2 on Saturday. The offense finished with eight runs and 13 hits. The offense hasn’t been great for this team, but in each of the last two games, they have scored at least seven runs. Michael Chavis has been the top player for the Pirates hitting three home runs and driving in 12 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Cincinnati Reds who have had a terrible season, but they did win one of the games on Saturday. In both games the offense was good, and that is something they need to build on going forward. Brandon Drury has been the top offensive player hitting five home runs and driving in 15 RBIs. 

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Getting the start for the Pirates is Zach Thompson who sits with an 0-3 record and an ERA of 10.50.

On the mound for the Reds will be Tyler Mahle who sits with a 1-4 record and an ERA of 7.01. In his last start against the Brewers he went 3.1 innings giving up four hits and five runs. 

The Reds are 0-5 in Mahle’s last five starts. The over is 5-0 in the Reds last five games overall. The over is 8-0-1 in the Reds last nine games against a team with a losing record. The over is 4-0 in the Reds last four games against a right-handed starter. 

Mahle got lit up in his last start giving up five runs, and Thomspon overall this season has struggled sitting with an ERA over 10. All the trends point towards the over, and both games on Saturday were high scoring. Look for plenty of offensive success by both teams and this game is going to go over the total.

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