Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/12/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/12/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates (13-17) vs Cincinnati Reds (7-24)

Game Info: Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

JT Brubaker (0-2) (5.68) vs Connor Overton (0-0) (2.53)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -140 / Cincinnati Reds +120 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of their series at PNC Park on Thursday night.

The Cincinnati Reds are 7-24 this season and have won four of their last six games. Cincinnati is coming off of a series win against Milwaukee, where they won two of the three games in the series. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 6.61 ERA, a 1.64 WHIP, and a .278 opponent batting average this season. The Reds offense has scored 128 runs with a .217 batting average and a .292 on base percentage. Brandon Drury is batting .267 with six home runs and 18 RBI’s for the Reds this season. The projected starter for Cincinnati is Connor Overton, who is 0-0 with a 2.53 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 10.2 innings pitched this season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 13-17 this season and have won three of their last five games. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series win against the Dodgers, where they won two of the three games in the series. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.81 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a .240 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 113 runs with a .238 batting average and a .307 on base percentage this year. Ben Gamel is batting .290 with two home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is JT Brubaker, who is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP over 25.1 innings pitched this season.

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Cincinnati is 16-35 in their last 51 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games. The over is 4-0 in Cincinnati’s last 4 Thursday games. Pittsburgh is 4-9 in their last 13 games and 3-10 in their last 13 Thursday games. The over is 16-5 in Pittsburgh’s last 21 Thursday games. Cincinnati is 19-7 in these two teams last 26 head to head meetings.

The Reds started the season very poorly, but have actually played better in their recent games. Cincinnati is still the worst team in the MLB, but winning a series against Milwaukee will give them confidence. Overton has had a couple of solid starts to the start the season, including allowing 2 runs over 5.1 innings pitched against the Pirates last week. I like the Reds here.

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