Pirates vs. Reds Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Saturday, April 22, 2023

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Pirates vs. Reds Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, April 22, 2023

MLB Predictions

Entering Saturday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates (14-7), the Cincinnati Reds (7-13) are on a four-game losing streak. The contest starts at 6:35 PM ET on SportsNet PT with the Pirates listed as -162 favorites, while the are +138 underdogs who may be heading for a fifth straight defeat.

Rich Hill gets the starting nod for Pittsburgh while Luis Cessa is Cincinnati’s starter for the contest.

Pirates vs. Reds Odds

  • Pirates odds to win: -162
  • Reds odds to win: +138
  • Spread: Pirates -1.5
  • Total: 9 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023
  • Time: 6:35 PM ET
  • TV: SportsNet PT

Who Will Win Pirates vs. Reds?

Pirates and Reds Betting Trends

The Pirates have yet to lose a game they were the moneyline favorite this season, going 4-0.

Pittsburgh has played as moneyline favorites of -162 or shorter in only one game this season, which it won.

This season, the Reds have been the underdog 16 times and won four, or 25%, of those games.

Cincinnati has entered eight games this season as the underdog by +138 or more and is 1-7 in those contests.

The Pirates have played in 21 games with set over/under, and have combined with opponents to go over the total nine times (9-11-1).

The Reds and their opponents have gone over the total this season in 11 of their 20 opportunities.

Pirates Stats & Insights

The Pirates have the No. 5 offense in MLB action scoring 5.1 runs per game (107 total runs).

Pittsburgh averages 1.3 home runs per game to rank fifth in MLB play with 27 total home runs.

The Pirates rank 11th in MLB with a .251 batting average.

Pittsburgh’s batters strike out 7.9 times per game, the ninth-lowest average in baseball.

The 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings put together by the Pirates pitching staff ranks 21st in MLB.

Pittsburgh’s 3.94 team ERA ranks 12th among all MLB pitching staffs.

Reds Stats & Insights

The Reds have scored 87 runs (4.4 per game) this season, which ranks 20th in MLB.

Cincinnati has hit just 15 homers this season, which ranks 26th in the majors.

The Reds have a team batting average of .237 this season, which ranks 19th among MLB teams.

Cincinnati ranks 23rd in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 9.5 Ks per contest.

The Reds average 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings as a pitching staff, ninth-most in the league.

Cincinnati pitchers have a combined ERA of 5.27 ERA this year, which ranks 26th in MLB.

Pirates Key Players to Watch

Hill (1-2) gets the starting nod for the Pirates in his fifth start of the season. He has a 5.57 ERA in 21 2/3 innings pitched, with 15 strikeouts.

Bryan Reynolds is batting .280 with five home runs and 17 RBI. All three of those stats lead Pittsburgh hitters this season.

Andrew McCutchen is batting .277 with an OBP of .388 and a slugging percentage of .523 this season.

Connor Joe has collected 20 base hits, an OBP of .459 and a slugging percentage of .679 this season.

Ke’Bryan Hayes has 17 hits and an OBP of .273 to go with a slugging percentage of .338 this season.

Reds Key Players to Watch

Cessa (0-2) will take the mound for the Reds, his fourth start of the season.

Jonathan India paces the Reds with a .314 batting average.

Spencer Steer has four doubles, two home runs and nine walks while batting .304.

TJ Friedl is batting .300 with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and seven walks.

Jake Fraley has made the most of his opportunities as he leads his team with 10 runs batted in.

Pirates and Reds Injuries

Pirates: Ji-Man Choi: 10 Day IL (Achilles), Rob Zastryzny: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Chase De Jong: 15 Day IL (Knee), Oneil Cruz: 60 Day IL (Ankle), Jarlin García: 60 Day IL (Arm), Max Kranick: 60 Day IL (Elbow), JT Brubaker: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

Reds: Joey Votto: 10 Day IL (Bicep/shoulder), Connor Overton: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Tony Santillan: 15 Day IL (Back), Vladimir Gutierrez: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Tejay Antone: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Justin Dunn: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Hunter Greene: day-to-day (Shin)

Pirates vs. Reds Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Pirates 6, Reds 5
  • Total Prediction: Over 9 runs
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