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MLB Betting Prediction: Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 6/17/2024

Cincinnati Reds (33-35) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (32-36)

On June 17, 2024 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh will take place an exciting MLB clash between Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates who both look to get closer to.500. Cincinnati leads with a 33-35 record, while Pittsburgh Pirates trail only slightly at 32-36 record. Set for broadcast at 6:40 PM ET by FS1, this midseason contest should provide not only an impressive display of talent, but also present betting enthusiasts a crucial test on using best bookie software to predict its outcome.

The Cincinnati Reds have produced an uninspiring yet reliable performance this season, posting an average batting average of just under.226, scoring 295 runs from 497 hits – including 67 homers! Though their offense may not be explosive, its reliability remains consistent while their pitching staff sports an ERA of 3.87 with 1.25 WHIP rating which indicates solid, but unspectacular mound presence; their balance between hitting and pitching may not wow fans, yet provides them with stability during games that could go either way!

The Pittsburgh Pirates feature similar statistics with an.229 batting average – slightly higher than that of the Reds – and comparable pitching performance with 3.91 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, 276 runs scored from 532 hits, including 61 homeruns; they’ve produced slightly fewer runs overall (275 as opposed to 276) but may possess slight advantages in certain categories like total hits or slugging percentage (.356 vs. 372). Their statistics point toward head-to-head competition between teams; both teams could compete head-on while holding slight advantages in certain aspects such as total hits or slightly better slugging percentage (.356 vs. 372).


Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Game Info

When: Monday, June 17, 2024 at 6:40 PM ETT
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Stream: MLB.TV


Carson Spiers (0-0 W-L, 2.33 ERA) vs. James Paxton (3-0 W-L, 2.43 ERA)

Carson Spiers enters the Reds’ starting rotation boasting an impressive 2.33 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 19.1 innings pitched, including no wins or losses and 15 strikeouts against only 19 hits (and 4 walks) allowed over this span. While limited, his limited appearances show signs of potential yet have yet to be tested under high-stakes situations; his ability to maintain composure along with low home run allowance will prove crucial in managing Pirate hitters effectively.

James Paxton of the Pirates offers more experience. Boasting an outstanding 2.43 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 33.1 innings pitched so far this year, Paxton has demonstrated exceptional effectiveness by surrendering less hits (26) while maintaining excellent control with 46 strikeouts against only 6 walks; his experience and current form may give them an edge in this pitching duel.


MLB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD

Odds have yet to be set between both teams, although given how closely matched both team and pitcher statistics are, betting lines might remain tight. Bettors should monitor updates in moneyline and spread as game day nears as this could provide valuable insight into how oddsmakers view this matchup.


Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends

The Reds have shown an excellent record against the spread in road games at 21-10, suggesting they consistently outperformed expectations away from home. Unfortunately, in their last five overall matches (1-4 against spread), however, outperforming betting expectations has decreased slightly and might indicate betting towards lower total score expectations.


Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends

The Pirates have gone 1-4 in their last five games against the spread, mirroring Reds’ recent performance. At home they boasted a 19-16 record against spread this season at PNC Park where totals went OVER 16 of 33 times thus suggesting higher scoring games at home.


Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 6/17/2024 Betting Picks

This matchup appears evenly matched, as both teams display similar stats. Although Spiers may edge Paxton out when selecting pitchers at home for his experience and advantage against Reds’ better road spread record at their new stadium.

Due to the nature of their matchup and recent performances, one might anticipate a low-scoring contest which favors UNDER on total runs. Furthermore, one or two key plays could decide the game in what promises to be an intense contest.

This prediction hinges on James Paxton and the Pirates securing victory through an intense pitcher’s battle, likely featuring prop bets based around strike outs or innings pitched from Paxton; MLB expert free picks could offer value when placing wagers against either team covering the spread.


Free Pick and Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Cincinnati Reds 2.

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