Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/21/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

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

Game Info: Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)

Zach Thompson (3-9) (5.51) vs Mike Minor (1-10) (6.31)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -125 / Cincinnati Reds -105 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Sunday in an MLB showdown at PNC Park. The two teams have split the first two games of this series. 

The Reds come into this game with a 47–71 record overall and on Saturday the offense was able to score 10 runs, and that led to the blowout victory. Overall this season the Reds offense has been an issue averaging 4.19 runs per game which is 21st in the league. Jake Fraley was the top player for the Reds with one hit, two runs, two walks, and two RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Pirates who sit with a 47-73 record overall and far too often this season, the Pirates pitching hasn’t kept them in games. The Pirates are averaging 3.65 runs per game which is 28th in the league, and the pitching is ranked 26th in terms of runs given up. Outfielder Bryan Reynolds is having a big season hitting 20 home runs and driving in 46 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Reds is Mike Minor who sits with a 1-10 record and an REA of 6.31. In his last start against the Phillies, he went five innings giving up 10 hits and four runs. 

On the mound for the Pirates is Zach Thompson who sits with a 3-9 record and an ERA of 5.51. In his last appearance, he went 0.1 innings giving up three hits and two runs. 

The Reds are 7-0 in their last seven games on Sunday. The Reds are 0-8 in Minor’s last eight starts on five days rest. The over is 5-0 in Thompson’s last five starts overall. The over is 5-0 in the Pirates last five games against a left-handed starter. 

These aren’t exactly elite offenses, but this game is going to be about terrible pitching. Minor sits with an ERA of 6.31 while Thompson sits with an ERA of 5.51. The Reds bats are hot heading into this game, and they are going to run up the score against Thompson and this game is going over the total.

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