Pirates vs Reds Prediction - MLB Picks 4/2/23

Cincinnati Reds (0-1) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0)

Game Info: Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 1:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Graham Ashcraft (0-0) (0.00) vs Vince Velasquez (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds -141 / Pittsburgh Pirates +110 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds face off on Sunday in an MLB showdown at Great American Ballpark. The two teams have split the first two games between these two teams. 

Pirates Betting Preview

After winning the first game of the season, the Pirates offense really struggled scoring only two runs and that led to the defeat. Connor Joe was the top player finishing with one hit, one walk, and one RBI. In the first game the Pirates scored five runs and they need to get the offense back on the right track in this game. On the mound for the Pirates will be Vince Velasquez and last season with the Chicago White Sox he finished with a 3-3 record and an ERA of 4.78. 

Reds Betting Preview

The Reds have scored 10 runs total in the first two games, but in the first game the pitching just wasn’t good enough as they were defeated by a run. On Saturday the Reds offense was led by Jake Fraley who hit a home run and drove in three runs. Kevin Newman also had a strong game finishing with two hits, two RBIs, and one run. On the mound for the Reds will be Graham Ashcraft who finished last season with a 5-6 record and an ERA of 4.89. In this game if Ashcraft has a strong start, the Reds are going to be in good shape to secure the victory. 

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Pirates vs Reds Trends

The Reds are 0-5 in Ashcraft’s last five starts. The over is 3-0-2 in Ashcraft’s last five starts on grass. The over is 4-0 in Ashcrafts last 4 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. The over is 5-0 in Reds last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Pirates really struggled to score on Saturday and it’s going to be the case again here. Velasquez was inconsistent last year and he’s going to really struggle to score again in this game. Look for the Reds to get to him early, and they will give enough run support to Ashcraft. Back the Reds on the money line.

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