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Cincinnati favored by 120 against Pittsburgh on Friday

Cincinnati RedsPittsburgh Pirates
Sep 23, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

76-80TEAM RECORD69-87

The visiting Reds hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates will rely on Jeff Locke to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Edinson Volquez will be his counterpart for the Reds. Jeff Locke is 0-2 this season, and Edinson Volquez is 5-6.

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Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 120 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 9 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Pirates, most recently No. 16 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Reds, who rate a National League No. 8 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 14-rated offensive output, at 8.2 hits per game. The Reds average 8.9 hits per game, good for No. 5 on the National League list.

Defensively, Cincinnati features the National League's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.4 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the National League at home, scoring 3.5 runs per game.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 2-0 winner as they battled the Astros at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at -142 were rewarded, while the 2 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Bronson Arroyo chucked 9 shutout innings at the Astros in their last game, striking out 2 in a 2-0 win against Houston in baseball action at Great American Ball Park.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was an 8-5 loser on the road against the Diamondbacks. Bettors on Arizona at -166 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (13) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Pittsburgh looks to rebound from a loss to the Diamondbacks, who beat them 8-5 on Wednesday behind a start from Wade Miley at Chase Field.

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After playing Arizona are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Reds at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Pittsburgh's last 24 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing at home against Cincinnati

Next up:
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Saturday, September 24

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