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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Friday when the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet at PNC Park.
The Reds will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Mike Leake in this game. Leake has a 0-0 record and a 6.00 ERA this season.
Leake's opponent in this one will be AJ Burnett. The Pirates righthander has a 3.27 ERA to go along with a 0-2 record this season.
Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 10-0 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at +114 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 10-2 result against the Diamondbacks on April 10. Bettors who backed the Diamondbacks at -177 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (12) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
Cincinnati has lost 2 straight games.
Cincinnati: 5-4 SU
Pittsburgh: 3-6 SU
Cincinnati most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 8-2
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Cincinnati are 2-8
After playing Arizona are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Cincinnati's last 12 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 8 games
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games
Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Saturday, April 13