Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Betting Tips and Predictions 8/23/2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Anthony DeSclafani vs. Mitch Keller
Josh Bell and the Pittsburgh Pirates (52-74, 5th in NL Central) play the Cincinnati Reds (60-66, 4th in NL Central) at PNC Park on Friday, August 23, 2019. The odds on this contest have the Reds priced at -115 and the Pirates are at +105. The over/under has been set at 9.5.
The Reds have been good for oddsmakers, having gone 59-66-0 SU. Pittsburgh covers 41.6% of the time, going 52-73-0 straight up.
Valuable Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
The Reds have been an awful Over bet for over/under baseball wagerers, having gone 48-72-5.
Cincinnati covers 39.7% of the time as a visitor, having gone 23-35-0 straight up.
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh covers 43.3% of the time at PNC Park, going 26-34-0 SU.
The Pirates have been a strong Over bet for over/under baseball wagerers, having gone 71-50-4.
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
8/21/2019 Juan Graterol C Concussion Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/21/2019 Jesse Winker LF Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/18/2019 Curt Casali C Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/18/2019 Joey Votto 1B Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/17/2019 Tyler Mahle SP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/15/2019 Derek Dietrich 2B Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
8/21/2019 Elias Diaz C Head Probable for Aug 22
8/21/2019 Chris Archer SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/21/2019 Clay Holmes RP Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/14/2019 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Out for the season
8/8/2019 Nick Burdi RP Collarbone Out for the season
8/8/2019 Francisco Cervelli C Concussion Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/8/2019 Lonnie Chisenhall RF Calf Out for the season
7/25/2019 Gregory Polanco RF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
3/28/2019 Edgar Santana RP Elbow Out for the season
3/1/2019 Chad Kuhl SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Reds have a 60-66 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani has a 8-7 record with an earned run average of 4.40 and a WHIP of 1.35 this season. He has 127 strikeouts over his 122.2 innings pitched and he's given up 126 hits. He's allowed 9.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.79. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.39 and they have given up 380 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen and they've struck out 467 hitters and walked 191 batters. As a team, Cincinnati allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.8 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.15. The Reds pitchers collectively have given up 1,013 base hits and 514 earned runs. They have allowed 169 home runs this season, ranking them 18th in the league. Cincinnati as a pitching staff has walked 423 batters and struck out 1,216. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 4.25.
As a team Cincinnati is hitting .250, good for 18th in the league. The Reds hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Eugenio Suarez is hitting .257 with an on-base percentage of .339. He has 117 hits this season in 456 at bats with 78 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .524 and an OPS+ of 117. Tucker Barnhart is hitting .228 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .326. He has totaled 53 hits and he has driven in 32 men in 232 at bats. His OPS+ is 81 while his slugging percentage is at .379. The Reds have 1,059 hits, including 184 doubles and 177 home runs. Cincinnati has walked 364 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,091 times as a unit. They have left 819 men on base and have a team OPS of .748. They score 4.52 runs per contest and have scored a total of 570 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 52-74 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 8.86, Mitch Keller has a 1-2 record and a 2.02 WHIP. He has 24 strikeouts over the 21.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 33 hits. He's allowing 13.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.34. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.74 and they have given up 477 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 522 batters and walked 224 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 5.06. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,154 base knocks and 628 earned runs this season. They have given up 183 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 451 hitters and struck out 1,112 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.44 while their FIP as a staff is 4.73.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 8th in the league. The Pirates hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. Josh Bell comes into this matchup batting .280 with an OBP of .365. He has 127 hits this year along with 99 RBI in 454 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .579 with an OPS+ of 141. Starling Marte is hitting .289 this season and he has an OBP of .332. He has collected 138 hits in 478 at bats while driving in 73 runs. He has an OPS+ of 114 and a slugging percentage of .502. The Pirates as a unit have 1,149 base hits, including 249 doubles and 134 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 340 times this year and they have struck out on 960 occasions. They have had 863 men left on base and have an OPS of .741. They have scored 4.58 runs per game and totaled 577 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Reds/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates (+105)
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