Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/22/2014
Wednesday, April 16, 12:35 PM
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Reds - Simon, A (2-1) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - Morton, C (0-2)
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Wednesday night, the Cincinnati Reds will give the ball to Alfredo Simon as they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates and Charlie Morton. Simon will make his 4th start of the season as Morton makes his 5th.
Alfredo Simon has been impressive so far this season with a 2 – 1 record and an ERA of 0.86. In his last start, he went 6 innings and allowed just a run on 4 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. His numbers are the best of his career and certainly better than last season’s record of 6 – 4 with a save and an ERA of 2.87 in 63 relief appearances.
In 2013, Simon had a tough time with the Pirates. In 9 appearances against Pittsburgh, he was 0 – 3 with an ERA of 4.38. In 12.1 innings of work, Simon allowed 7 runs on 12 hits. Travis Snider will be one to watch against Simon as Snider is 5 of 11 with 3 RBIs when facing Simon.
Charlie Morton is still seeking a win after losing his 2nd straight start. In that outing, he allowed 5 runs on 8 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts over 6 innings. Last season, Morton went 7 - 4 with a 3.26 ERA in 20 starts. If things don’t get better, his stats may end up worse than last year.
Morton went 1 – 0 with an ERA of 2.79 in 2 starts against the Reds in 2013. Cincinnati’s Joey Votto is only 8 of 29 against Morton but he has 7 RBIs.
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
Cincinnati Reds are 9-8-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Cincinnati Reds is 0.7
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 9-8-2 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
04/09/14 P Trevor Bell Elbow 15-day DL (4/08)
04/02/14 P Brett Marshall Finger 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 P Aroldis Chapman Concussion 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 3B Jack Hannahan Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/28/14 P Mat Latos Knee 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 2B Skip Schumaker Shoulder 15-day DL (3/22)
No injuries to report at this time
Josh's Pick: Take Cincinnati
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