Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces for MLB news and notes. MLB Premium Picks are winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the 2016 World Series. The (17-14) Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League Central Division will be in the Southwestern part of the “BUCKEYE STATE”. For game two of a three-day set. Pittsburgh takes on the (13-19) Cincinnati Reds also of the NL Central in 2016 Major League Baseball action. The teams will play at Great American Ball Park on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio. Game time is at 7:10 PM EST. On Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to compete with the Cubs and St.Louis for the division title. The Cincinnati Reds have star-power but need pitching. The opening line has the Pittsburgh Pirates as a 125 Road Favorite Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total are 9-runs for Tuesday’s contest.
The 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates have dropped five of their last seven coming into the series in Cincinnati.
The “BUCS” recently took two of three in St.Louis. Pittsburgh is second in the division, seven and a half games behind the first-place Cubs. Pittsburgh is 10-7 away from the “STEEL CITY” so far this season.
The first game of the series on Monday, May, 9th. The Pirates return home for a ten game homestand beginning on Monday, May, 16th, hosting Atlanta. Left Fielder Starling Marte leads the batting lineup with a .336 batting average and has 42 hits. All Star Center Fielder Andrew McCutchen has a team-high six home runs.
Starting Pitcher Francisco Liriano leads the rotation with three victories and thirty-nine strikeouts. Relief pitcher Mark Melancon has nine saves under his belt.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will have Right Hander Juan Nicasio, 3-3 with a (3.16) era on the hill. The 6’4″ 250 pounds San Francisco de Macoris product went 4.1, giving up eight hits and four runs in a 6-2 home loss to the Cubs on May, 4th.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are listed at +1,200 to win the 2016 World Series Title.
The Cincinnati Reds are on a two-game losing streak. The Reds lost the last two of a four-game home weekend series against Milwaukee. Cincinnati is last in the NL Central, twelve games out of first.
Cincinnati will hit the road for five games Friday on May 13th.
Second Baseman Brandon Phillips is tops at the plate with a .286 batting average and has six homers. Right Fielder Jay Bruce has a team-high twenty-one RBI’S. Starting Pitcher Ross Ohlendorf leads the staff with three victories.
Notable Injuries: Relief Pitcher Jon Moscot will be out 15-days with a sore shoulder.
The Betting Odds under The Total are 4-1 the last five times the teams have met.
The Cincinnati Reds will have Right Hander Alfredo Simon. Who is 1-3 with a 9.86 ERA on the mound for game two. The Santiago native pitched 7.2 innings, giving up seven hits and three runs in a 9-5 home victory over Milwaukee on May, 5th.
Bovada.Lv lists the Cincinnati Reds at +7,500 to win the 2016 National League Championship.
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