Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Tuesday May 5th, 2015. At 7:05 PM EST.
The (12-13) Cincinnati Reds of the National League Central Division will be in the “KEYSTONE STATE” for the second of a three-game series. Cincinnati will play the (12-13) Pittsburgh Pirates also of the National League Central in 2015 MLB action. The teams will play at PNC Park where the Three Rivers meet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Best Sports Handicapper believes both the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates will contend with St.Louis for the Division title. The opening betting line has Cincinnati as a +140 road underdog; the betting total is eight runs for Tuesday’s game.
The 2015 Cincinnati Reds have won four of their last seven. Cincinnati split their recent series 2-2 in Atlanta over the weekend. The Reds are in a tie for third place in the Division, 6 and a half games out of first place. First Baseman Joey Votto has a team-high .323 batting average, a .427 on-base percentage and has thirty hits. Third Baseman Todd Frazier is the team leader in home runs and RBI S. The Reds have a .226 team batting average. Cincinnati begins a seven-game homestand on Monday May 11th, hosting Atlanta for three games. Shortstop Zack Cozart is questionable Tuesday with a sore finger. Cincinnati is 14-37 their last fifty-one baseball games on the road. The Cincinnati Reds are 4-6 their last ten Baseball Predictions overall, going over the betting odds total four times, staying under the betting odds total four and have two pushes. Cincinnati will send the Right Handed Michael Lorenzen (0-1) with a 5.40 ERA on the mound for game two of the series. The California native went five innings, giving up eight hits and three runs in his last start on April 29th, an 8-3 home defeat to Milwaukee. The betting odds under the total are 6-2-1 the last nine meetings between the teams. The Cincinnati Reds are 50/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Pennant.
The 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates lost five of six. The Pirates return home after being on the road for nine games. Pittsburgh only scored four runs in their three-game series at St.Louis this weekend. The Pirates got swept by the first place Cardinals. Right Fielder Gregory Polanco is the team leader in three of five major offensive categories. Left Fielder Starling Marte has a team-leading six home runs, and seventeen RBI S. All-Star Center Fielder Andrew McCutchen must step up at the place, he is hitting .173. Pittsburgh is at home for six games starting Monday May 4th. Pittsburgh is 37-17 their last fifty-four baseball games at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates are 5-5 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total two times, staying under the betting odds total six and has two pushes. Pittsburgh will have the Left Handed Jeff Locke (2-1) with a 4.76 ERA on the hill for the second game of the series. The 6’0″ 185 pounder pitched 3.2 innings, giving up eight hits and six runs in a 6-2 road loss to the Cubs on April 28th. Pittsburgh has dropped five of their last six to Cincinnati. The Pittsburgh Pirates are 10/1 to win the 2015 MLB World Series Title.