Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds 9/27/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/26/2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati
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Saturday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates will send Francisco Liriano (7 – 10, 3.32 ERA) to the mound as they do battle against the Cincinnati Reds and Alfredo Simon (15 – 10, 3.34 ERA). Liriano will make his 29th start and Simon will make his 32nd.
Francisco Liriano won his 4th straight game in his last outing. In the win, Liriano held his opponents scoreless through 6 innings and allowed 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 7 batters. Liriano has been on fire in recent weeks and his win streak has helped improve his record in his last 10 starts to 4 – 3. Last season, Liriano was 16 -8 with an ERA of 3.02 in 26 starts.
In 2013, Liriano went 0 – 3 with a 3.70 ERA in 4 starts against the Reds. This season, he is 0 – 2 in 4 starts against Cincinnati.
Alfredo Simon picked up his 2nd win in his last 3 starts on his last trip to the mound. Simon allowed 2 runs and 7 hits through 6 innings of work. He walked 2 batters and struck out 3. Simon has posted mixed results in his last few outings and owns a 3 -4 record in his last 10 outings. In 2013, Simon posted a 6-4-1 record with an ERA of 2.87 in 63 relief appearances.
Last season, Simon was 0 – 3 with a 4.38 ERA in 9 relief appearances against the Pirates. As a starter this season, Simon is 2 – 1 in 3 outings against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 73-78-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.4
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
Cincinnati Reds are 70-83-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cincinnati Reds is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
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)
09/24/14 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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