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MLB BASEBALL

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Saturday when the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet at PNC Park.

Righthander Mike Leake will take the mound for the Reds to start this game. Leake is 4-2 this season with a 3.02 ERA.

Starting this game for the Pirates will be Francisco Liriano. The lefthander has a 2.35 ERA to go along with a 3-1 record this season.

The Reds were a 6-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at -106 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Team records:
Cincinnati: 34-21 SU
Pittsburgh: 34-21 SU

Cincinnati most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Cincinnati's last 16 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cincinnati's last 10 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Pittsburgh's last 16 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games when playing Cincinnati

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Sunday, June 2