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Pirates Reds Betting Tips – Desperate Pirates In Tough With Three Games At Cincinnati This Week

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 9/9/2012 6:10:57 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ hopes of catching a National League Wild Card spot haven’t completely faded away just yet. The Cincinnati Reds could change that with a strong performance in the upcoming three-game set between these NL Central rivals this online sports betting week. The Reds have a commanding lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the top spot in the division, and could move one step closer to ending the chase by slowing down the Pirates beginning on Monday.

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds
Monday, 7:10 PM ET

Pittsburgh entered this past weekend less than two games back of the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot, but have really struggled on the road and now have to play a Cincinnati team that was tied for the most home wins in the NL heading in to this past weekend. Wandy Rodriguez has put together consecutive shutout wins, pitching 13 innings without giving up a run the last two times that he was out on the mound, and will get the call opposite Mat Latos for the opener. However, Latos is also coming off consecutive wins, and threw 7.1 innings of shutout ball in a 3-0 win the last time he pitched against the Pirates. The Reds have also gotten strong numbers from Joey Votto since his return, another dangerous element to an offense that has been very good of late.

MLB Betting Pick: Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds
Tuesday, 7:10 PM ET

Mike Leake doesn’t have the numbers that Latos has put up this season, and he is coming off one of his worst starts having allowing six earned runs in just 2.1 innings of work against the Philadelphia Phillies the last time he was on the mound. Leake will counter Pittsburgh starter Kevin Correia, and while the latter doesn’t have much better of an overall ERA, he has the better numbers of late. Correia hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last five appearances, including just one earned run allowed through six in a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros last week. The Pirates won’t have much room for betting error on the road, so Correia will need his best stuff.

MLB Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday, 7:10 PM ET

Even with his recent struggles, Pittsburgh’s AJ Burnett has been one of the surprise stories of the season and the perfect example of a struggling AL pitcher moving on and having success in the NL. Burnett is 15-5 with a 3.63 ERA this season, and while Pittsburgh has lost the last three games that he has started none of them have been his fault. Reds’ starter Homer Bailey is another pitcher that has struggled of late with a 1-3 record over his last five starts, and his ERA has been all over the place this online sportsbook season. Cincinnati is clearly the better team at home, but if Burnett can come up with a solid pitching performance than the desperate Pirates could pull this one out in a crucial road series.

MLB Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates

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