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Pittsburgh Pirates take on Reds in baseball test

Pittsburgh PiratesCincinnati Reds
April 17, 1:10 PM | GrassGreat American Ball Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds Odds

6-8TEAM RECORD9-5

The Cincinnati Reds battle the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday in MLB betting action at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati hands the ball to starter Edinson Volquez in this one and he'll try to improve on his 2-0 mark on the year. Pittsburgh counters with Jeff Karstens, who will try to quiet the fans and the Reds bats at the same time.

View Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Reds in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -185 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cincinnati's No. 1 ranked National League offense (6.1 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 11 in the National League at 4.5 runs allowed per game. The Reds have been averaging 10.1 hits per game, more than the Pirates have managed so far this season (7.9 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Cincinnati has the National League's No. 8-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Pirates own the National League's No. 11 mark in runs allowed.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 11-2 result against the Reds on April 16. Bettors who backed the Reds at -143 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (13) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Pirates endured a 11-2 loss at the hands of the Reds on Saturday, with James McDonald throwing 4 1/3 innings of 9-hit ball at Great American Ball Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

A few Pirates at Reds trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Pittsburgh's last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Monday, April 18

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