The Reds and the Pirates close out their weekend series today in Cincinnati. All odds for all games can be found conveniently at Top Bet sportsbook.
The Reds are looking to put away the AL Central as soon as possible and took another big step in that direction on Saturday with the win. Their offense was led by a number of key contributions and in all they scored five runs on nine hits. On the mound this afternoon they will start Homer Bailey who is having an above average season so far. In 131 innings of work Bailey’s pitching to a 3.85 ERA.
The Pirates still sit in the second position as a wildcard, but are hurting themselves this weekend. James McDonald had an uncharacteristic bad outing yesterday and the Pirates will look to AJ Burnett this afternoon to salvage a win. Burnett is having a rebirth of the season allowing just 110 hits in 124 innings of work so far this season.
Cincinnati is 28-11 in their last 39 home games, 20-7 in their last 27 games against the NL Central, and 6-0 in Bailey’s last six starts. Pittsburgh is 22-11 in their last 33 games overall, 7-4 in their last 11 road games, and 7-1 in Burnett’s last eight games as an underdog. Cincinnati is 8-1 in Bailey’s last nine starts against Pittsburgh.
We actually really like Burnett in this game as a stopper believe it or not and think Bailey will pitch well I’m getaway day as well. Give as the under for total runs scored in this game at best sports books.