Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/14/2020
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds
Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
Location: Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Pirates (+179) Reds (-195)
Nick Senzel and the Cincinnati Reds (8-10, 2nd in NL Central) play the Pittsburgh Pirates (3-13, 5th in NL Central) at Great American Ball Park on Friday. The Reds open this game at -195 while the Pirates are coming in at +179. The over/under is set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Chad Kuhl and Sonny Gray.
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
8/12/2020 Kyle Crick RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
8/11/2020 Mitch Keller SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/11/2020 Clay Holmes RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
8/11/2020 Joe Musgrove SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/9/2020 Keone Kela RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
8/9/2020 Phillip Evans 3B Jaw Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
8/6/2020 Michael Feliz RP Forearm Out for the season
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
8/13/2020 Wade Miley SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/13/2020 Robert Stephenson RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
8/11/2020 Pedro Strop RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/9/2020 Mike Moustakas 2B Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
7/31/2020 Matt Bowman RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 3-13 overall record this season. Kuhl (18-20 career record) sits with a FIP of 4.31 while he has gone up against 1,389 opposing hitters in the majors. His ERA is 4.30 (154 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.413. He has given up 327 base hits (9.1 hits per nine innings) and has 128 walks. Kuhl has taken the ball for 322 innings and has earned 288 strikeouts during his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.47 and they have given up 77 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen and they've struck out 83 hitters and walked 46 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 5.32. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 136 base hits and 85 earned runs. They have allowed 21 home runs this season, ranking them 20th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 77 batters and struck out 148. They have walked 4.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.48 and their FIP as a unit is 4.77.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .209, good for 28th in the league. The Pirates hold a .328 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .273, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.0 hits per game. Adam Frazier is hitting .177 with an on-base percentage of .239. He has 11 hits this season in 62 at bats with 4 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .290 and an OPS+ of 47. Kevin Newman is hitting .250 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .278. He has totaled 13 hits and he has driven in 6 men in 52 at bats. His OPS+ is 73 while his slugging percentage is at .346. The Pirates have 112 hits, including 17 doubles and 15 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 46 times so far this season and they have struck out 133 times as a unit. They have left 83 men on base and have a team OPS of .601. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 64 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Cincinnati has a 8-10 overall mark this year. Gray (73-61 mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.50 earned run average while allowing 7.8 hits per 9 innings. His SO/W ratio is 2.67 and he has faced 4,571 hitters in his pro baseball career. In his career, Gray has surrendered 950 hits while totaling 1,029 strikeouts in 1,100 frames. He has given up 428 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.214 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.7. The bullpen has an earned run average of 7.20 and they have given up 54 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .194 against the Reds bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 84 batters and walked 36 opposing hitters. As a team, Cincinnati allows 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 12.1 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.18. The Reds pitchers as a team have surrendered 120 base knocks and 72 earned runs this season. They have given up 21 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. Cincinnati as a staff has walked 68 hitters and struck out 209 batters. They give up a walk 3.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 12.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 3.72.
As a team, they are batting .208, good for 29th in the league. The Reds hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.5 hits per contest. Nick Senzel comes into this matchup batting .211 with an OBP of .295. He has 8 hits this year along with 4 RBI in 38 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .395 with an OPS+ of 85. Eugenio Suarez is hitting .115 this season and he has an OBP of .270. He has collected 7 hits in 61 at bats while driving in 6 runs. He has an OPS+ of 42 and a slugging percentage of .246. The Reds as a unit have 117 base hits, including 23 doubles and 27 homers. Cincinnati has walked 80 times this year and they have struck out on 150 occasions. They have had 117 men left on base and have an OPS of .720. They have scored 4.28 runs per game and totaled 77 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Reds MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Pirates (+179)
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