Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/20/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (47-72) vs Cincinnati Reds (46-71)

Game Info: Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Tyler Beede (1-2) (3.72) vs Justin Dunn (0-1) (8.64)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -130 / Cincinnati Reds +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 2 of their series at PNC Park on Saturday night.

The Cincinnati Reds are 46-71 this season and have lost eight of their last ten games. Cincinnati lost Game 1 of this series by a score of 5-4 on Friday night. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 5.05 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a .257 opponent batting average this season. The Reds offense has scored 490 runs with a .239 batting average and a .308 on base percentage. Kyle Farmer is batting .267 with six home runs and 55 RBI’s for the Reds this season. The projected starter for Cincinnati is Justin Dunn, who is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP over 8.1 innings pitched this season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 47-72 this season and have won two games in a row. Prior to winning Game 1 of this series, Pittsburgh lost two out of three games against the Red Sox. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.61 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a .262 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 434 runs with a .222 batting average and a .289 on base percentage this year. Bryan Reynolds is batting .265 with 20 home runs and 46 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is Tyler Beede, who is 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP over 48.1 innings pitched this season.

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Cincinnati is 15-38 in their last 53 game two’s of a series and 2-8 in their last 10 games. The over is 3-1-1 in Cincinnati’s last 5 Saturday games. Pittsburgh is 9-22 in their last 31 games and 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games. The under is 5-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 6 Saturday games. The under is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Neither of these teams have enjoyed much success this season and both teams are at the bottom of the NL standings. Cincinnati will start Justin Dunn, who has allowed eight runs over 8.1 innings pitched this season. For the Pirates, Tyler Beede has allowed six runs over his last eight innings pitched. Both of these pitchers have struggled and I think we see a higher scoring game here. I like the over.

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