Cincinnati Reds versus Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball Betting Preview

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The Major League Baseball post season will begin on Tuesday Night October 1st as the single elimination NL Wildcard will take place as the Cincinnati Reds will take it to the road to face the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds and Pirates will get things started in Pittsburgh at 8PM Eastern Time and TBS TV will provide the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home team Pittsburgh Pirates favored by -137 odds with the return on the road underdog Cincinnati Reds at +127 odds. The run total is lined at 6 ½ runs with under favored by -120 odds and over the total of 6 ½ runs returning +100 odds. Those who play on the Pittsburgh Pirates on the run line and lay the -1 ½ runs will get back +160 odds. Bettors who chose to take the +1 ½ run head start with the Cincinnati Reds will have to lay -190 odds for their run line wager.

The Pittsburgh Pirates finished off the 2013 regular season with a mark of 94-68 while Cincinnati came in at 90-72. The Pirates are coming off a three game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds on the road as the team needed to post two victories to gain home field in this winner take all scenario. Home field means a lot in this situation because the Reds were just 41-40 on the road while Pittsburgh is 50-31 in their home park. The Reds pitching staff did a great job in 2013 by limiting their base runners as they have a team WHIP of 1.17 good for best in all of baseball. Pittsburgh finished off the year number three in team ERA at 3.27. The starters for the NL Wildcard game will be Johnny Cueto for Cincinnati as he will oppose left hander Francisco Liriano for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Liriano has been dominant at home with an ERA of 1.47 and record of 8-1 on the year with a WHIP of 0.96.

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