How To Bet On Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh MLB Spread

Posted by Aaron . on April 28, 2016 in

On Friday night, the Cincinnati Reds open up a three-game series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. The Reds (9-13) are in fourth place in the National League Central and just lost to the Mets, 5-2, on Wednesday. The Pirates (13-9) are in second place in the National League Central, four games ahead of the Reds. The Pirates just edged the Rockies, 9-8, on Wednesday, and they finish their series on Thursday afternoon before heading to Pittsburgh. Find out the updated MLB betting odds here.

How To Bet On Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Spread

When: Friday, April 29, 2016, 7:05pm Eastern time
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
TV: FSOH, RTPT
Radio: KDKA FM 93.7 Pittsburgh
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Dan Straily (0-0, 3.50 ERA) (CIN) vs Francisco Liriano (1-1, 4.64 ERA) (PIT)

 

 

Why should you bet on Cincinnati?

Second baseman Brandon Phillips (finger) is expected to return to the lineup on Friday, and his bat and his leadership have been sorely missed. The Reds will start Dan Straily, a spot starter who may be heading back to the bullpen once the other starters come back from the disabled list. On Saturday, he hurled 97 pitched in 4 innings against the Cubs. However, he has fairly dominant stuff at times. He has held Andrew McCutcheon to a .200 career average against him — quite an accomplishment given how McCutcheon has been raking as of late.

Why should you put your money on the Pirates?

The Pirates send Francisco Liriano to the mound. In his last start, he permitted four runs in six innings in a matchup that Pittsburgh would win in 13 innings. He did a good job managing his locations and keeping the ball down in the strike zone. The Bucs’ offense has been on fire lately; in their win on Wednesday, it was Jordy Mercer pounding a double in the 12th inning to drive in the winning run. The Pirates have been winning big games late in recent days, winning two of four in extra innings after they blew a late lead. This sort of winning builds long-term momentum.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Pirates to get to Dan Straily early and roll in the opener of this series at home. I’m predicting a 6-1 Bucs win.