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MLB BASEBALL

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Monday when the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds meet at Great American Ball Park.

The Pirates will give the ball to starter Francisco Liriano in this one. Lefthander Liriano is 5-2 this season with a 2.36 ERA.

It'll be Mike Leake toeing the rubber for the Reds in this contest. Righthander Leake is 6-3 with a 2.75 ERA so far this season.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 6-3 winner at home against the Dodgers. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -129 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 5-1 winner at home against the Brewers. Bettors on Cincinnati at -202 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 41-28 SU
Cincinnati: 42-28 SU

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

Cincinnati most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games when playing Cincinnati
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Cincinnati's last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Cincinnati home to Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18