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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

June 25, 2024


Two NL Central Division foes will face each other in Game 2 of a three-game series when the Pittsburgh Pirates travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, to face the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The game starts at 7:10 PM ET and will air on SportsNet Pittsburgh and Bally Sports Ohio.


Pittsburgh Pirates Team Preview


The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost four of their last six games following Monday's 5-11 loss on the road in Game 1 of the series against the Cincinnati Reds, which dropped the record for the Pirates to four games below .500 at 37-41.


Bailey Falter struggled on the mound as he saw his record for the 2024 MLB season drop to 3-6 after lasting only four innings while allowing four runs and striking out two batters. Oneil Cruz was one of the lone bright spots in the loss as he recorded three RBIs, including a two-run home run in the 7th inning, which also scored Andrew McCutchen.


Pittsburgh has lost two of the previous three meetings against Cincinnati and has been outscored by the Reds by an average of 2.33 to 4.33 runs per game. The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to even the series with the Cincinnati Reds when they travel to face the Reds in Game 2 of the series.


Cincinnati Reds Team Preview


Cincinnati has struggled in their last nine games, compiling a record of 3-6 during that span, and have lost three straight series following a 1-2 series loss on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers, a 1-2 series loss on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and a 1-2 series loss at home against the Boston Red Sox which ended with a 4-7 loss in Game 3 of the series on Sunday.


However, the Reds ended their two-game losing streak following an 11-5 blowout win in Game 1 of the series against the Pirates on Monday night. The Reds exploded for five runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, which included Jonathan India and Elly De La Cruz scoring off a double hit by Spencer Steer and scored another four runs in the 6th inning, including a two-run home run hit by Elly De La Cruz that also scored Jonathan India.


The Reds have split the four meetings this season with the Pirates. However, in those contests, Cincinnati has outscored Pittsburgh by an average of 3.5 to 2.75 runs per game. The Cincinnati Reds will look to win their 4th consecutive series when they host the Pittsburgh Pirates for Game 2 of the series on Tuesday.


Odds and Series Trends


BetNow has the Cincinnati Reds listed as -130 moneyline favorites at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates for Game 2 of the series on Tuesday. The teams have split the last ten meetings 5-5, while Cincinnati has outscored Pittsburgh by an average of 5.2 to 4.4 in those contests and has won two of the previous three meetings in the series by an average margin of 2 runs per game in those meetings.


Mitch Keller's start earlier this season against Cincinnati resulted in a no-decision. However, Keller pitched seven shutout innings and struck out seven batters. In contrast, Hunter Greene pitched 6 ? innings of shutout baseball while striking out nine batters, but the start resulted in a no-decision.


Game Pick


The teams enter Game 2 of the series with an identical record of 37-41, which puts them in a tie for 3rd place in the NL Central and have split the four meetings 2-2 this season, with the Reds having outscored the Pirates 3.5 to 2.75 in those matchups. The under has hit in four of the previous five games in the series, with both starting pitchers also pitching six or more innings against the opposing team without allowing a run.


Take the under-8 total runs for Game 2 of the series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. 


Spooky Express Pick: Under 8 Runs