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

Pittsburgh Pirates (15-7) vs Cincinnati Reds (7-14)

Game Info: Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)

Vince Velasquez (2-2) (5.12) vs Hunter Greene (0-0) (4.24)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -110 / 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 4 of their series on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Reds Preview

The Cincinnati Reds are 7-14 this season and they have lost five games in a row. Prior to losing the first three games in this series, Cincinnati lost two out of three games against the Rays. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 5.13 ERA, a 1.55 WHIP, and a .282 opponent batting average this season. The Reds offense has scored 88 runs with a .235 batting average and a .318 on base percentage. TJ Friedl is batting .306 with two home runs and nine RBI’s for the Reds. The projected starting pitcher for Cincinnati is Hunter Greene, who is 0-0 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 17.0 innings pitched this year.

Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 15-7 this season and they have won six games in a row. Pittsburgh has won the first three games of this series by scores of 4-3, 4-2, and 2-1. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 3.80 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a .247 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 109 runs with a .252 batting average and a .330 on base percentage this year. Bryan Reynolds is batting .294 with five home runs and 18 RBI’s for the Pirates. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Vince Velasquez, who is 2-2 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 19.1 innings pitched this season. 

Trends

Cincinnati is 13-5 in their last 18 Sunday games and 2-8 in their last 10 game four’s of a series. The under is 7-3 in Cincinnati’s last 10 game four’s of a series. Pittsburgh is 6-0 in their last 6 games and 11-4 in their last 15 home games. The over is 6-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 7 game four’s of a series. Cincinnati is 2-11 in these two teams last 13 head to head meetings.

Pick

The Pirates come into this game with a 15-7 record and they will be looking for the four game sweep in this matchup. Cincinnati has lost five games in a row and has only scored six runs in their last five games. Vince Velasquez will be on the mound for Pittsburgh, who has only allowed three earned runs in his last 12.0 innings pitched. I like the Pirates at home here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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