|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on the MLBMLB betting Saturday will include a National League central division sports betting matchup of bottom feeders as the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Cincinnati Reds. MLB betting fans may find some surprising sports betting value in this one, however, starting with an attractive pitching matchup.
Cincinnati right hander Justin Lehr will take the hill against left hander Zach Duke of the Pirates for a potentially strong MLB betting pitchers duel. Lehr had a sports betting mark of 2-0 with a 2.42 earned run average. He has allowed only 1 home run in 26 innings of MLB betting action this year and has looked sharp in the process.
Duke had a MLB betting record of 9-11 with a 3.42 earned run average. In his last 3 MLB betting appearances Duke was 0-2 with a 4.58 earned run average. Duke is 2-3 in his MLB betting career against the Reds with a 3.48 earned run average.
The Reds have struggled on the MLB betting road this year with a mark of 25-34 as just 21 out of those 59 games have gone over the total. Cincinnati’s lineup has been one of the worst in all of MLB betting as it ranked 28th in run production. The pitching staff has struggled as well with a 4.45 earned run average to rank 19th in the big leagues. Joey Votto has been the best player in the lineup as he was hitting .316 with 18 home runs and 59 runs batted in. From July 20 through August 18 the Reds went 6-21.
As much as they have struggled this year as the last place team in the central division the Pirates have actually had a winning record at home as they won 30 out of their first 57 home games as a host. Just 23 out of those 57 games went over the total. The Pirates ranked 25th overall in run production and 21st overall in staff earned run average. Garrett Jones led the Bucs in home runs but with only 13. From July 25 through August 18 the Pirates went into a free fall with a mark of 5-16.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.