Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Preview, Predictions and Picks for June 17, 2024

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Jun 17, 2024 6:10 AM
On Monday, June 17, the Pittsburgh Pirates welcome the Cincinnati Reds to PNC Park, with both teams arriving on equal footing, tied at 34-37 overall. The Pirates will look to capitalize on their 16-17 home record, while the Reds aim to improve their 16-18 road mark. First pitch is set for 6:40 PM.
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Reds vs Pirates starting pitchers

  • Paul Skenes for Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Carson Spiers for Cincinnati Reds

Reds vs Pirates statistics

Stat Reds Pirates
Hits 520 (30th) 564 (18th)
Batting Average .226 (26th) .232 (21st)
Runs Batted In 288 (17th) 282 (19th)
Runs 306 (16th) 293 (22nd)
Home Runs 71 (Tied-17th) 66 (Tied-23rd)
Walks 235 (9th) 231 (Tied-12th)
Stolen Bases 103 (1st) 40 (20th)
Strikeouts 642 (7th) 680 (4th)
Pitches 10154 (23rd) 10708 (8th)

Pittsburgh Pirates recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/16/24 @ Colorado Rockies W 8-2
6/15/24 @ Colorado Rockies L 16-4
6/14/24 @ Colorado Rockies W 5-2
6/13/24 @ St. Louis Cardinals L 4-3
6/12/24 @ St. Louis Cardinals L 4-2

Cincinnati Reds recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/16/24 @ Milwaukee Brewers L 5-4
6/15/24 @ Milwaukee Brewers L 3-1
6/14/24 @ Milwaukee Brewers W 6-5
6/12/24 vs Cleveland Guardians W 4-2
6/11/24 vs Cleveland Guardians L 5-3

Reds vs Pirates predictions

As the Cincinnati Reds prepare to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates, certain players look primed to make significant impacts. Jeimer Candelario has been showing some solid numbers and could be a key player in today's game. His ability to connect and drive the ball might just turn the tide in favor of the Reds. Meanwhile, Elly De La Cruz's speed and agility, especially on the bases, might create crucial scoring opportunities, keeping the Pirates’ fielders on their toes throughout the game. Tyler Stephenson should also not be overlooked, with his consistent batting promising to add depth and resilience to the Reds' lineup.

On the other side, the Pittsburgh Pirates have some weapons of their own. Bryan Reynolds, leading with a high batting average, could be a thorn in the side of the Reds' pitchers today. His knack for getting on base and driving in runs is something to watch out for. Another Pirate who could shift the dynamic is Andrew McCutchen, whose experience and power add a critical layer to Pittsburgh's offensive strategy. Given McCutchen's ability to perform under pressure, he might just spark a rally or big inning that could swing the game.

Considering the projected performance of key players and the overall team statistics, this looks set to be a tightly contested matchup. The Pirates, with their slightly better pitching stats and home-field advantage at PNC Park, might just have the edge. It could come down to a battle of the bullpens, and with Paul Skenes taking the mound, Pittsburgh’s prospects look promising. Expect a close game, but the Pirates might pull ahead with a narrow victory. What do you think? Could this game be one of the highlights of the season? Let’s see how it unfolds.

Pittsburgh Pirates injuries

  • Alika Williams (2B): 10-Day-IL
  • Quinn Priester (SP): 15-Day-IL
  • Joey Bart (C): 10-Day-IL
  • Henry Davis (C): 7-Day IL
  • Martin Perez (SP): 15-Day-IL

Cincinnati Reds injuries

  • Connor Overton (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Noelvi Marte (SS): Suspension
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand (1B): 10-Day-IL
  • Brandon Williamson (SP): 60-Day-IL
  • Emilio Pagan (RP): 15-Day-IL

Reds vs Pirates game info

Venue PNC Park
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
First pitch Mon 6:40 PM
Temperature 91°
Chance of Rain 0%

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