Pirates vs Reds Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/17

Pirates vs Reds Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/17

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

The Cincinnati Reds will face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates in an exciting MLB matchup. Both teams share an identical record, making this game crucial for their standings in the NL Central division.


Game Overview:

  • Date: June 17, 2024
  • Time: 3:40 PM
  • Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Weather: 91°F, Clear

Team Breakdown:

Cincinnati Reds:

The Reds come into this game with a 34-37 record, including a 16-18 record on the road. Carson Spiers will start for Cincinnati, carrying a 0-0 record, a 2.33 ERA, and a 1.19 WHIP over 19.1 innings.

Offensively, the Reds are led by Jeimer Candelario and Spencer Steer. Candelario has 12 home runs, 35 RBIs, and a .252 batting average.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Jeimer Candelario (12 HR)
  • Batting Average: Jeimer Candelario (.252 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Spencer Steer (42 RBI)

The Reds will need strong performances from Spiers and their key hitters to contend with the Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates:

The Pirates also hold a 34-37 record and are 16-17 at home. Paul Skenes will be on the mound for Pittsburgh, boasting a 3-0 record, a 2.43 ERA, and a 0.96 WHIP over 33.1 innings.

Pittsburgh's offense is led by Andrew McCutchen and Bryan Reynolds. McCutchen has 10 home runs, while Reynolds has a .267 batting average and 38 RBIs.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Andrew McCutchen (10 HR)
  • Batting Average: Bryan Reynolds (.267 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Bryan Reynolds (38 RBI)

The Pirates will rely on Skenes' pitching and their offensive depth to secure a win.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
CIN (34-37) +170 o7.5 (-125) +1.5 (-125)
PIT (34-37) -200 u7.5 (+105) -1.5 (+105)



The prediction for this game is that the Pittsburgh Pirates will win. Here’s why:

Paul Skenes has been exceptional on the mound, with a 3-0 record and a 2.43 ERA. The Pirates have won the last three games with Skenes pitching, indicating his strong influence on the team's performance. His ability to dominate opposing hitters, as evidenced by his 46 strikeouts in 33.1 innings, makes him a significant asset.

Additionally, the Pirates' offense, led by Andrew McCutchen and Bryan Reynolds, has the capability to support Skenes with sufficient run production. The Pirates also have a slight edge playing at home, where they have a 16-17 record compared to the Reds' 16-18 road record.

Given Skenes' recent form and the Pirates' ability to perform well with him on the mound, Pittsburgh is well-positioned to secure a victory in this matchup.

Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates ML

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