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Reds vs Pirates Baseball Game Preview


Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates
88-66 September 21, 2013, 07:05 PM | PNC Park 88-66



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

For the Pirates, AJ Burnett gets the ball, charged with keeping the Reds hitters off the base paths. He'll face Homer Bailey, 11-10 on the year.

View Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Pirates in this matchup found them as -114 Favorite on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 7 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.

This game matches up the No. 16 (Pirates) and the No. 8 (Reds) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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The Reds were a 6-5 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at +105 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. Cincinnati needed extra innings to get the job done against the Pirates on Friday as the Reds defeated them 6-5 at PNC Park.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's No. 21-ranked scoring average of 3.89 runs per game, against a Reds offense rated No. 11 and scoring 4.38 runs per game. The Pirates have averaged 8.32 hits per game to date this season, less than the Reds hitters have managed (8.5 per nine innings).

Cincinnati brings the No. 3-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Pirates's No. 2-ranked defense.

A few Reds at Pirates trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games


Next up:
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Sunday, September 22nd