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James McDonald out to silence Reds bats in MLB contest

Cincinnati RedsPittsburgh Pirates
July 18, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

47-48TEAM RECORD49-44

Cincinnati pays a visit to Pittsburgh on Monday, hoping to shut down the Pirates bats in baseball action at PNC Park.

Pittsburgh sends James McDonald out against Dontrelle Willis for the Reds in this game. McDonald is 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA on the season, while Willis is 0-0 on the year and has a 3.00 ERA.

View Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Pirates were listed as -115 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8.5 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Pirates, most recently No. 12 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Reds, who rate a National League No. 9 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's National League No. 11-ranked scoring average of 4 runs per game, against a Reds offense rated No. 1 and scoring 4.7 runs per game in the league. The Pirates have averaged 8.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Reds hitters have managed (9.1 per nine innings).

Defensively, Cincinnati features the National League's No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.3 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the National League at home, scoring 3.6 runs per game.

Cincinnati was a 3-1 winner in its last match at home against the Cardinals. They won as -106 favorites, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors. Cincinnati rolled to a 3-1 win against St. Louis on Sunday, as Homer Bailey and the Reds' bats led the team to victory at Great American Ball Park.

The Pirates were a 7-5 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Astros. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +116 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors. Pittsburgh needed extra innings to get the job done against the Astros on Sunday as the Pirates defeated them 7-5 at Minute Maid Park.

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 6-4
After a win are 0-10

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

A few Reds at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games on the road
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 9 games
Cincinnati is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, July 19

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