The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds meet Tuesday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.
The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Pirates have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in three of their first four games. The Pirates have lost 11 of their last 13 games when scoring three or less runs. Bryan Reynolds leads the Pirates with five hits and one RBI while Colin Moran and Phillip Evans have combined for nine hits and five RBI. Trevor Cahill gets the ball, and he was 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA and 31 strikeouts last season. Cahill is 0-2 with a 3.95 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds look for another win to build on their three-game winning streak. The Reds have scored 26 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in all four games. The Reds have won 12 of their last 13 games when scoring four or more runs. Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with eight hits and six RBI while Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson have combined for 10 hits and four RBI. Wade Miley gets the ball, and he was 0-3 with a 5.65 ERA and 12 strikeouts last season. Miley is 2-3 with a 3.98 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 20-50 in their last 70 road games and 24-54 in their last 78 overall. The Reds are 10-3 in their last 13 games as a favorite and 10-3 in their last 13 home games. The under is 8-2-1 in Pirates last 11 overall. The over is 5-2-1 in Reds last 8 overall. The Pirates are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Cincinnati and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.
I’m not running to the window to lay juice with Wade Miley on the mound, especially after how he looked last season. However, this game is all about the lineups, as the Pirates can’t string together runs while the Reds have put up crooked numbers in all four games this season. The Reds are on fire offensively out of the gate. I’ll ride the hot hand and lay the reasonable price with the home team.