Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds - 7/7/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds - 7/7/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds (28-52) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (33-47)

Game Info: Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 2:10 pm / 7:10 PM (Great American Ball Park)

Mike Minor (1-5) (6.82) vs Roansy Contreras (1-2) (4.09)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds -135 / Pittsburgh Pirates +115 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds face off on Thursday in an MLB showdown at The Great American Ballpark. 

The Pirates come into this game with a 33-48 record overall but they were able to take a game in their series against the New York Yankees. On Wednesday, the Pirates bats went ice cold again, and they were defeated. The Pirates overall are averaging 3.7 runs per game which is 27th in the league. Bryan Reynolds is having a strong season hitting 15 home runs and driving in 32 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Reds who sit with a 28-53 record and they lost two of three against the New York Mets. On Wednesday it was extra innings, but the pitching struggled in the 10th and they were defeated by five runs. Brandon Drury has hit 17 home runs and driven in 45 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Reds in Game 1 is Mike Minor who sits with a 1-5 record and an ERA of 6.82. In his last start against the Atlanta Braves, he went six innings, giving up six hits and two runs. 

On the mound for the Pirates in Game 1 is Roansy Contreras and he sits with a 2-2 record and an ERA of 4.09. 

On the mound for Reds in Game 2 is Tyler Mahle who sits with a 3-7 record and an ERA of 4.48. In his last start against the Atlanta Braves, he went five innings, giving up five hits and two runs. 

On the mound for the Pirates in Game 2 is Bryse Wilson who sits with a 1-4 record and an ERA of 7.49. In his last start against the Milwaukee Brewers, he went six innings, giving up eight hits and two runs. 

The Reds are 2-11 in their last 13 home games. The over is Wilson’s last four starts on grass. The over is 5-1 in the Pirates last six games against the National League Central. 

In Game 1, there is going to be plenty of scoring by both teams. Minor currently sits with an ERA of 6.82 and the Pirates offense has shown flashes of improvement. The Reds will also get to Contreras who sits with an ERA of 4.09. Back the over to cash. 

In Game 2, it’s going to be the Reds that secure the victory. Wilson sits with an ERA of 7.49 and he is going to struggle in this game. Look for the Reds bats to get to him here, and they will secure the victory on the run line. 

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Shane’s Pick Game 1: Over / Game 2: Reds -1.5

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