Reds vs Pirates Prediction - MLB Picks 4/20/23

Pittsburgh Pirates (12-7) vs Cincinnati Reds (7-11)

Game Info: Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

Roansy Contreras (1-1) (6.00) vs Luke Weaver (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -132 / Cincinnati Reds +105 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Cincinnati Reds for a four-game series this weekend from PNC Park. 

Reds Betting Preview

Cincinnati moved to 7-11 after dropping two of three to Tampa Bay. The Reds were shutout for the second day in a row by the Rays, 8-0. The Cincinnati offense is scoring 3.78 runs per game, while batting .243, with a .329 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.92 ERA, with a 1.60 WHIP. Spencer Steer has scored a run in four straight games, and he leads the Reds in hitting (.320). Jonathan India will look to respond here after going hit less in the series with Tampa. 

Luke Weaver (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the call for Cincinnati. The eighth-year pitcher will make his first start with the Reds after spending time with Arizona and Kansas City last season. Weaver posted a 1-1 record in 28 relief appearances in 2022.  

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Pirates Betting Preview

Pittsburgh is 12-7 after sweeping Colorado. The Pirates ended their stay at Coors by thumping the Rockies by eleven, 14-4. The Pittsburgh offense is scoring 3.95 runs per game, while batting .246, with a .325 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.15 ERA, with a 1.43 WHIP. Bryan Reynolds (5 HR, 17 RBI) has recorded a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he leads the Pirates in batting average (.319). Carlos Santana recorded a pair of doubles in the game one victory.

Roansy Contreras (1-1, 2.45 ERA, 9 Ks) will pitch for Pittsburgh. The second-year pitcher bounced back from a rough start versus Houston by striking out six in six inning of work, while allowing just two runs in a win over St. Louis.  

Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh Trends

Cincinnati is 11-7 against the spread this season, with a 11-7 over/under record. Pittsburgh is 12-7 ATS this year, with a 9–1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

If you haven’t already, it’s time to respect the Pittsburgh Pirates. Even without one of the best young players in the league in Oneil Cruz, the Pirates are still thriving offensively and finding ways to win games. Cincinnati has a chance to steal one of these games with one of their young arms, but game one for Luke Weaver could mean trouble for the visitors, and I like Pittsburgh opening the series with a win Thursday.

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Corey’s Pick Pirates -1.5

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