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 June 23rd, 2015. At 7:05 PM EST.
The (32-36) Cincinnati Reds of the National League Central Division will take the trip to the “STEEL CITY”. For game-one of a three-day set. Cincinnati will take on the (39-30) Pittsburgh Pirates also of the NL Central in 2015 Baseball action. The teams will play at PNC Park near the banks of the three rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Cincinnati Reds have the firepower on offense to turn things around and compete for a playoff spot. The Pirates are one of the odds on favorites to get to the 2015 postseason. The opening betting line has Pittsburgh as a +100 home underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is seven runs for Tuesday’s game.
The 2015 Cincinnati Reds have won four of their last five baseball games. Cincinnati is fourth in the NL Central, twelve and a half games out of first place. The Reds are only 12-22 on the road this season.
*First Baseman Joey Votto leads the charge at the plate with a .296 batting average, a .402 on base percentage.
*Third Baseman Todd Frazier has twenty-three home runs, forty-eight RBI’S and seventy-seven hits.
*The Cincinnati batting lineup has a .406 slugging percentage.
*Starting Pitcher Johnny Cueto leads the rotation with a 2.98 ERA and eighty-sixes strikeouts.
*Relief Pitcher Aroldis Chapman leads the staff with fifteen saves.
*Reds pitchers average 7.28 strikeouts per nine innings.
*The Reds are back in the “QUEEN CITY” for a homestand of June 29th.
*Notable injuries: Shortstop Zack Cozart will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
*Notable injuries: Seven Cincinnati Pitchers are nursing ailments
*The betting odds under the total are 7-1 Cincinnati last eight overall.
*The Reds are 7-1 their last eight MLB games as a betting odds favorite.
* The Cincinnati Reds are 5-5 their last ten 2015 MLB Expert picks overall, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under the betting odds total seven.
*The Cincinnati Reds will have Right Hander Joshua Smith, who is (0-0) with a 0.00 earned run average on the mound for game one of the series. The Floridian is making his Major League debut.
*Bovada.Lv lists the Cincinnati Reds at 66/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Crown.
The 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates have lost three in a row after getting swept at Washington their last series. Pittsburgh is second in the Division, six games from the top spot. Pittsburgh is 21-11 at home in 2015.
*Center Fielder Andrew McCutchen leads the offense with a .287 batting average and .369 on base percentage.
*Left Fielder Starling Marte has a team-best twelve home runs with forty-five hits.
*Pittsburgh has hit fifty-four homers as a team.
*Starting Pitcher Gerrit Cole leads Pirates pitching with a 1.78 earned run average and eleven wins.
*Releiver Mark Melancon leads the staff with twenty-three saves.
*Notable injuries: Second Baseman Andrew Lambo is on the 15-day disabled list, and Neil Walker has a stomach virus.
*Two Pittsburgh pitchers are on the disabled list.
*Pittsburgh will host Atlanta from June 26-28.
*The betting odds under the total are 10-1 Pittsburgh last eleven at home.
*The Pirates are only 1-7 the last eight between the teams.
The Seattle Mariners are 4-6 their last ten overall going over the betting odds total six times, staying under the betting odds total three and has a push.
*Left Hander Jeff Locke, who is (4-3) with a 4.74 ERA, will be on the hill. The 6’0″ 185 pound North Conway, New Hampshire native pitched six innings, giving up three hits and two runs. His last start, a 3-2 road win over the White Sox on June 17th.
*Pittsburgh is 11/2 to win the 2015 MLB National League Pennant.
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