Cincinnati Reds versus Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball Prediction

The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet on Saturday for game two of their series. All odds and trends for every game of this series can be found at Top Bet sportsbook.

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The Reds lead the National League Central and have the best record in the National League as of today. They won game one of their series versus the Pirates behind a strong pitching effort from Mat Latos. Today they will send Mike Leake to the mound who has struggled in his last two starts. Overall Leake is pitching to a 4.44 ERA in 199 innings of work this season.

The Pirates fell another game back in the standings but are still tied for first in the wild-card race. Wandy Rodriguez had a strong start on the mound last night, but the bats simply did not come through. Tonight the Pirates will start James McDonald who has struggled as of late as well. Overall he’s pitching to 3.38 ERA in 130 innings of work.

Cincinnati is 8-1 in their last nine home games, 46-22 in their last 68 games overall, and 9-2 in Leake’s last 11 Saturday starts. Pittsburgh is 7-3 in their last 10 road games, 6-3 I their last nine games overall, and 5-2 in McDonald’s last seven starts as an underdog. Pittsburgh is 6-2 in their last eight games in Cincinnati.

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We can see this one has the possibility to be high-scoring, but we like McDonald’s better than Leake in this matchup. Give us Pittsburgh as moneyline underdogs at online sportsbooks.