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Reds host Pirates to finish season

Homer Bailey will take the mound for the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night as they open their final regular-season series of the year at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bailey is 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA on the season, and he's 8-4 with a 2.69 ERA over his 15 career starts against the Pirates. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh will be battling for the top Wild Card spot in the National League this weekend.

The Pirates send AJ Burnett (9-11) to the hill for Friday's contest.

View Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds Odds and Stats.

The Reds were listed as -131 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7 earlier at TopBet.

The Reds sit at No. 5 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pirates sit at No. 20 on the same chart.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at +156 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-2 to Chicago on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

Cincinnati was a 1-0 loser in its last match at home against the Mets. They lost as -280 favorites, while the total score of 1 made winners of UNDER bettors. Cincinnati didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Daisuke Matsuzaka in a losing cause, 1-0, against New York on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Pirates rank No. 24 at 8.28 hits per game. That compares with Cincinnati’s No. 18 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the No. 6-rated road mark, allowing 3.9 runs per game on the highway. Cincinnati, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring at home.

A few Pirates at Reds trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Pittsburgh is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games
Cincinnati is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cincinnati's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Saturday, September 28th