Reds Trying To Win Series
The Cincinnati Reds will be at PNC Park on Saturday evening to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third game of their four-game series.
The Reds are sending right-hander Luis Castillo to the mound. He made his 2022 debut last time out against the Milwaukee Brewers and did not factor in the decision. He went 4.2 innings and gave up three runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
The Pirates will be sending out righty Zach Thompson. Who faced these Cincinnati Reds last week and recorded five shutout innings while allowing just two hits with a hit by pitch and six strikeouts.
Let’s look at these teams and determine some MLB Vegas odds.
Cincinnati Reds Getting on Track?
The Cincinnati Reds have struggled all around and are not hitting. They are currently 23rd with a .657 OPS.
Third baseman Brandon Drury has a .902 OPS this season with seven homers and 22 RBI. He has been on fire in his previous eight games as he has a slashline of .323/.462/.742 with three home runs and 12 RBI’s.
If he can continue to showcase his solid hitting abilities, it will be a great sign of this Cincinnati team turning a corner.
Pirates Ready to Raid Opposing Pitcher’s ERA
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been struggling a bit at the plate as a young team as they are currently 21st with a .668 team OPS and are averaging 3.59 runs per game.
They are being led offensively by left fielder Ben Gamel, who has an .856 OPS with three home runs and 15 RBI’s, while also stealing two bases on three attempts.
In 42 career games against Cincinnati, he has a .296 batting average with three home runs, nine RBI’s, and 15 runs scored.
The sportsbook has taken this into account as well as the odds have moved up since he began this streak. If he can continue to slap the ball around the field, the Pirates offense will continue to improve.
Reds vs Pirates Head-to-Head
Saturday is going to be the sixth game against one another and the Reds have won the first five. The Reds have 55% of their wins this season against the Pirates and Pittsburgh would like to change that. This number alone could really swing people into betting online.
Reds vs Pirates Game Information
- Game: Reds (9-24) at Pirates (13-19)
- Location: PNC Park
- Day/Time: Saturday, 6:35 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Reds vs Pirates Betting Lines
Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction
The Cincinnati Reds began this season as terribly as possible but they are beginning to look somewhat decent as they try to dig themselves out of this hole.
Castillo is back on the bump and in the rotation after missing a month and that will drastically improve the Reds’r starting rotation depth as he is a solid pitcher.
The Pirates are doing alright but this team is too young to compete in a tough NL Central division, so getting valuable experience is going to be their best hope here.
In the last seven days, Cincinnati is tied for the MLB lead with the San Francisco Giants as it has a .865 OPS and should continue to improve.
Looking at the MLB picks and MLB lines for this game, go with the Cincinnati Reds to pick up the victory here and head into Sunday’s game looking for the sweep.