The 2013 MLB betting season is finishing up here at Cappers Info, and we are set to make more of our patented MLB picks for one of our favorite times of year. On Tuesday night, the Cincinnati Reds will be led onto the field by Johnny Cueto, as they visit the Pittsburgh Pirates, who will be countering with Francisco Liriano in the NL Wild Card Game. The first pitch from PNC Park is set to be thrown out at 8:07 p.m. ET
Tuesday Baseball Picks: Cincinnati Reds @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Tuesday, October 1st, 8:07 ET
Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Reds vs. Pirates On TV: TBS
Cincinnati Reds (Johnny Cueto) +112
Pittsburgh Pirates (Francisco Liriano) -120
It feels like the last eight to ten weeks have been spent trying to figure out whether the Pirates or the Reds would have home field advantage in this, the NL Wild Card Game. Alas, thanks to a series sweep at the end of the season, Pittsburgh is the team that forced this series back to the Steel City, but we aren’t sure that that is going to end up working in their favor. Remember that they were beaten in that series by the Reds in two out of three, and though they did win 50 games at home this year, they were beaten in each of their last two series and in half of their series over the course of the last month of the season.
LHP Francisco Liriano has had a fantastic year, and we aren’t taking anything away from him. However, it feels as though he shouldn’t be a -120 favorite in a game like this one on the MLB odds. RHP Johnny Cueto has been here and done this time and time again in the playoffs, and though he has had a mixed bag of results, we know that the team around him remembers what happened last year when it just had to win one out of three games against the Giants, and perhaps they would have won the World Series instead. The Pirates are going to be the public team for sure, if for no other reason, they have all of the momentum on their side from the sweep, and the city is going to be riled up for sure for this one. Hockey season has yet to start. The Steelers have looked horrid. This at least gives something to rally around. That said, it’s still a game of baseball, and Cueto and the Reds have the better chance of winning the game in our opinion.
Reds @ Pirates Pick 10/1/13: Cincinnati Reds +112
Reds @ Pirates Score Prediction: Reds 3 – Pirates 1