Wild Card: Pirates host the Reds
With four wins in their past five games against the Cincinnati Reds the Pittsburgh Pirates will hit the field at home on Tuesday night looking to advance past the NL Wild Card Game.
The Pirates and Reds will battle for the right to move on to an NLDS set against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night, with Pittsburgh a home favorite at the online sportsbooks. The Pirates swept the Reds in Cincinnati over the weekend.
Francisco Liriano gets the call for the Pittsburgh Pirates and he will try to build on a 16-8 mark. In the other dugout, Johnny Cueto brings a 5-2 ledger to the game for the Reds as he tries to quiet the Pirates bats.
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pirates rated this week at No. 11 and the Reds sitting at No. 14.
Cincinnati lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Pirates on September 29. Bettors who backed the Pirates at +118 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Reds were saddled with a loss last time out in Greg Reynolds's start, as they lost 4-2 against Pittsburgh on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has baseball's No. 20-rated offensive output, at 8.3 hits per game. The Reds average 8.46 hits per game, good for No. 18 on the list.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Pittsburgh has the No. 2-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Reds own the No. 4 mark in runs allowed.
A few Reds at Pirates trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati at , Wednesday, December 31st
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