Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Preview (6/18/24): Lineups, Odds, Stats & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on June 18, 2024
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Reds vs Pirates Preview

The Cincinnati Reds are set to play against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 18, at 16:40, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The game is scheduled to air on BSOH. MLB betting odds favor the Reds at -131, with the Pirates at +111. Light rain is expected with a high of 93°F. Both teams compete in the NL Central division, making this matchup crucial for standings.

Reds vs. Pirates Pregame Odds For June 18

The MLB matchup between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park has attracted attention from bettors, with the Reds favored in the moneyline across major sportsbooks. The game’s over/under is set at 8.5, indicating expectations for a moderate scoring game. The run line for both teams is consistently set at 1.5, reflecting a closely contested game anticipated by the odds. Overall odds reflect a slight preference towards the Reds tonight, as reflected at Ohio sportsbooks like Bet365, Caesars, and BetMGM.

  • Bet365: Reds -130, over/under 8.5
  • BetMGM: Reds -130, over/under 8.5
  • Caesars: Reds -130, over/under 8.5
  • BetRivers: Reds -130, over/under 8.5

Odds are subject to change for the Reds vs. Pirates.

Reds vs. Pirates projected starting lineups

Reds starting lineup

  1. RF Stuart Fairchild (R)
  2. SS Elly De La Cruz (S)
  3. 1B Jeimer Candelario (S)
  4. LF Spencer Steer (R)
  5. DH Tyler Stephenson (R)
  6. 2B Jonathan India (R)
  7. CF TJ Friedl (L)
  8. 3B Santiago Espinal (R)
  9. C Luke Maile (R)

Pirates starting lineup

  1. DH Andrew McCutchen (R)
  2. LF Bryan Reynolds (S)
  3. 1B Connor Joe (R)
  4. RF Edward Olivares (R)
  5. 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (R)
  6. 2B Nick Gonzales (R)
  7. SS Oneil Cruz (L)
  8. C Yasmani Grandal (S)
  9. CF Michael A. Taylor (R)

Reds vs. Pirates Projected Starting Pitchers for June 18

(CIN) Nick Lodolo (L)7-22.931.0625.06.0
(PIT) Bailey Falter (L)3-43.861.1116.66.4

Lineup information is provided by SportsData.

Reds vs. Pirates Injuries For Tuesday

Reds: Emilio Pagán (RP) out with a right lat strain, expected to miss the first half of the 2024 season. TJ Friedl (CF) questionable due to a hamstring injury. Ian Gibaut (RP), Matt McLain (SS), and Noelvi Marte (SS) are on the 60-day injured list.

Pirates: Martín Pérez (SP) out with a left groin strain. Johan Oviedo (SP) will miss the 2024 season after Tommy John surgery. Marco Gonzales (SP) and Ryan Borucki (RP) placed on the 60-day injured list. Ji Hwan Bae (2B) out with a right wrist sprain.

Cincinnati Reds Season Standings and Game Stats

The Cincinnati Reds, with a record of 34-38, are currently positioned 4th in the NL Central Division. Their batting average stands at .226 with a total of 71 home runs and an impressive 105 stolen bases, highlighting their speed on the bases. Pitching for the Reds has been solid with an ERA of 3.87 and 599 strikeouts. In their last game against the Pirates, the Reds scored 1 run with 7 hits but ended up with a loss, marking a streak of L3. Their performance in the last ten games shows a balanced outcome with 5-5.

  • Runs per game: 4.3
  • Team average: .226
  • Team home runs: 71
  • Team stolen bases: 105
  • Team ERA: 3.87
  • Team pitching strikeouts: 599

Pittsburgh Pirates Season Standings and Game Stats

The Pittsburgh Pirates, with a slightly better record of 35-37, rank 3rd in the NL Central Division. Their team batting average is .233 with 66 home runs, and they have a more conservative base running strategy with 40 stolen bases. The pitching staff has accumulated an ERA of 4.00 and 615 strikeouts. In their latest victory against the Rockies, the Pirates showcased their offensive strength by scoring 8 runs on 15 hits. This win contributes to their recent form of 6 wins in the last ten games, including a Monday win over the Pirates.

  • Runs per game: 4.1
  • Team average: .233
  • Team home runs: 66
  • Team stolen bases: 40
  • Team ERA: 4.00
  • Team pitching strikeouts: 615

Player Stats for Reds vs. Pirates

Elly De La Cruz and Jeimer Candelario are key players for the Cincinnati Reds, showing significant contributions in recent games. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bryan Reynolds and Andrew McCutchen have demonstrated their value with impressive batting averages and home run counts. These players are essential to consider for MLB betting, especially with the game at PNC Park, Pittsburgh.

Reds Leaders Ahead of Tonight’s Game

Jeimer Candelario leads the Reds in batting average and home runs, while Spencer Steer has the most RBIs. Elly De La Cruz shines with the highest runs and stolen bases, making him a critical player for the Reds.

  • AVG Leader: Jeimer Candelario .252
  • HR Leader: Jeimer Candelario 12
  • RBI Leader: Spencer Steer 43
  • Runs Leader: Elly De La Cruz 47
  • SB Leader: Elly De La Cruz 37

Pirates Leaders Ahead of Tonight’s Game

Bryan Reynolds is the Pirates’ leader in batting average and RBIs, while Andrew McCutchen leads in home runs and runs. These stats highlight the key players for the Pirates in tonight’s matchup.

  • AVG Leader: Bryan Reynolds .271
  • HR Leader: Andrew McCutchen 10
  • RBI Leader: Bryan Reynolds 39
  • Runs Leader: Andrew McCutchen 38
  • SB Leader: Michael A. Taylor 6
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