pittsburgh pirates vs cincinnati reds predictions and preview

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MLB pittsburgh pirates vs cincinnati reds predictions and preview


 

 

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The Cincinnati Reds have been bouncing back this season as their 9-25 record is the worst in all of baseball. They will be sending young right-hander Hunter Greene to the mound for this game and is coming off a losing effort against the Milwaukee Brewers as he went 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts.The Pittsburgh Pirates have been doing decently well this season as they have a 14-19 record, which is third in the NL Central right now. They will have righty Jose Quintana on the bump and is coming off a victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitched six shutout innings with two hits with four walks and five strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 135pm EST.

 

Cincinnati Needs a Snickers

The Cincinnati Reds have been getting better as of late after a miserable start to the year as they are 24th in the sport with a .648 OPS so far. Third baseman Brandon Drury has been doing well this season as he has an .868 OPS so far with seven home runs and 22 RBI so far this year. He has been doing well in his previous seven games as he is 6-for-27 with a pair of homers and seven RBI with five walks. If he can continue to improve at the plate, it will be a great sign for this Reds offense.

 

 

Hunter Greene has been the top-ranked prospect in the Cincinnati organization has struggled to begin the 2022 campaign according to his Baseball Savant numbers as he is in the seventh percentile in barrel percentage, 10th percentile in xSLG, 14th percentile in xERA, and 15th percentile in hard hit percentage. Greene throws three different pitches (fastball, slider, changeup) and his fastball has been hit the most as hitters have a .431 batting average with an .908 slugging percentage against it. He is still trying to find his footing on the MLB mound so it will be interesting to see how he steps up here.

 

Pirates Need to Raid Some Pitching Staffs

The Pittsburgh Pirates have an incredible offensive team this season but are struggling as they are providing middle-of-the-pack numbers as they are currently 21st in the sport with a .666 team OPS. This lineup has the potential to hit but has just a .233 batting average through the the beginning of the year. Left fielder Ben Gamel has been leading the offense with an .833 OPS as he has three homers and 15 RBI while swiping two bases as well. They need to step up and do better offensively if they want to win here.

 

Jose Quintana has been struggling as well throughout the course of the 2022 season thus far according to his numbers provided by Baseball Savant as he is in the 12th percentile in xBA, 17th percentile in xERA, 17th percentile in xwOBA, and 19th percentile in xSLG. Quintana has a four-pitch arsenal (fastball, changeup, curveball, sinker) and his curveball has been his best pitch as hitters are 4-for-23 with no homers and six strikeouts against them.





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