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Alfredo Simon, Jonathon Niese take mound in Mets vs Reds tilt

Cincinnati Reds

New York Mets
1-4 April 06, 2014, 01:10 PM | Citi Field 2-3

The New York Mets will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Cincinnati Reds invade Citi Field on Sunday.

Jonathon Niese gets the call for the New York Mets and he will try to build on a 0-0 mark. In the other dugout, Alfredo Simon brings a 0-0 ledger to the game for the Reds as he tries to quiet the Mets bats.View Cincinnati Reds vs New York Mets Odds and Stats.

The Mets were listed as -105 moneyline earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7.5 earlier at TopBet.

The Mets - Reds odds would favor the Reds if the lines were set according to our power ranks. New York is rated No. 20 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Cincinnati is at No. 14.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 6-3 loser as they battled the Mets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Mets at +113 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Reds were saddled with a loss last time out in Johnny Cueto's start, as they lost 6-3 against New York on Saturday at Citi Field.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 13 ranked offense (4 runs per game) against a Reds defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 at 3.6 runs allowed per game. The Mets have been averaging 5.8 hits per game, less than the Reds have managed so far this season (6.8 hits on average).

Defensively, Cincinnati features the No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 5 runs per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 at home, scoring 4 runs per game.

Next up:
Cincinnati at St. Louis, Monday, April 7th
New York at Atlanta, Tuesday, April 8th