Mat Latos RedsPittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds Saturday Free MLB Pick: The race in the NL Central is getting a bit closer, and the Cincinnati Reds have a chance to make it even tighter if they can beat the MLB odds as modest favorites on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Great American Ball Park.

Pirates vs. Reds Game Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Pirates vs. Reds Live TV Coverage: FOX
MLB Odds: Pirates +137 / Reds -142 (Total: 8)

The Pirates were taken down on Friday night to open up this series, and they are going to really want to take this game to silence some of those naysayers that are inevitably going to crop up if they end up losing a few series in a row in the second half of the campaign. This is a huge game for the Reds though, as they are trying to claw closer to the Bucs and the St. Louis Cardinals atop the NL Central, something that is going to be really tough to do when push comes to shove. RHP AJ Burnett and RHP Mat Latos are going to be sharing the hill together on Saturday, and in our eyes, there is a clear advantage here. Burnett has done well all season long, posting a 3.06 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP, but he has been trending in the wrong direction in our eyes over the course of the last month or so. Latos is the type of pitcher that Cincinnati is going to need to step up and be an ace if it is going to run down either of these other teams in the division. It’s a big opportunity for Latos to step up to the plate, and though he was brutalized in his last few starts before the All-Star break, we do think that the righty is going to come up big and post a win on Saturday for the hometown Reds.

Pirates vs. Reds Free Pick for July 20th: Cincinnati Reds -142

 

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