Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds 9/26/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/25/2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati
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On Friday night, Vance Worley (8-4) will be going for his third win in a row when he and the Pittsburgh Pirates take on Mike Leake (11-13) and the Cincinnati Reds.
Vance Worley had one of his more impressive outings of the year on Sunday when he defeated the Milwaukee Brewers at home. He pitched eight scoreless innings in that start and gave up just four hits while striking out five and walking zero. Worley currently has a 2.93 ERA on the season and he has only walked 1.9 batters per nine innings.
Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has three hits in five at-bats against Worley in his career with two walks, two home runs and three RBI. Outfielder Jay Bruce is just 2-for-12 against him with no walks and four strikeouts.
Last weekend, Mike Leake lost his second game in a row when he was beaten by the St. Louis Cardinals on the road. He gave up six runs (five earned) in five innings of work that day while walking two batters and striking out four. Leake has struck out 156 batters in 207.1 innings this season and he now has a 3.78 ERA.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has just four hits in 20 at-bats versus Leake with a solo home run and six strikeouts. All-Star Andrew McCutchen is 14-for-51 against him with a double, two home runs and six RBI.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 72-78-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.3
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
Cincinnati Reds are 69-83-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cincinnati Reds is -0.2
Injuries to Watch
09/25/14 C Russell Martin Hamstring "?" Thursday vs. Atlanta Braves
09/24/14 P Charlie Morton Hernia 60-day DL (9/24), out for season
09/10/14 3B Pedro Alvarez Foot out indefinitely
08/16/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Ankle 15-day DL (8/14)
09/25/14 C Devin Mesoraco Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday vs. Milwaukee Brewers
09/24/14 CF Billy Hamilton Concussion out indefinitely
09/22/14 P Mat Latos Elbow out for season
09/10/14 P Dylan Axelrod Oblique out indefinitely
08/18/14 P Homer Bailey Elbow 15-day DL (8/8), out for season
08/17/14 1B Joey Votto Quad 60-day DL (7/1)
08/07/14 P Logan Ondrusek Shoulder 15-day DL (7/13)
06/21/14 P Trevor Bell Elbow 60-day DL (4/08)
06/14/14 P Sean Marshall Shoulder 60-day DL (6/13)
Guy's Pick: Take Cincinnati
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