Pittsburgh PiratesCincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Wild Card Game Free Pick: Five teams will be reduced to four in the National League playoffs on Tuesday night from PNC Park, as the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds in what should be a remarkable first Wild Card Game in the first playoff game in the Steel City in two decades.

Reds vs. Pirates Game Time: 8:07 p.m. ET
Reds vs. Pirates Live TV Coverage: TBS
MLB Odds at BetOWI (150% Deposit Bonus) : Reds +112 / Pirates -120 (Total: 6.5)

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Playoff games are generally lower scoring games, and the common thought is that this one won’t be all that much of an exception. LHP Francisco Liriano had 15 starts this year in which he allowed either one run or no runs, and RHP Johnny Cueto has allowed a grand total of one run in his two starts since spending almost three months on the DL. On top of that, Cueto only allowed one run in his two outings against the Pirates this year, and though Liriano and his Bucs went 0-4 in games against Cincinnati, the lefty only had one game in which he was hit for more than two runs.

However, we still have to remember that this has been an odd series over the course of the whole season. Both teams were chasing the Cards for most of the year, and neither was quite able to do the job. The Pirates had one of the worst offensive teams in baseball this year, but they did bolster their lineup for games just like this one when the whole season is on the line. Cincinnati’s offense averaged 1.83 runs per game in its last six games of the season, but the day off and the refocus on this task really could help. This is a game that we think is going to end up jetting past the number when push comes to shove.

Reds vs. Pirates Free Pick for October 1st: Over 6.5

 

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