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Mike Leake, James McDonald take mound in Pirates vs Reds tilt

Cincinnati RedsPittsburgh Pirates
Aug 21, 1:35 PM | GrassPNC Park

Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

61-65TEAM RECORD59-65

The Pittsburgh Pirates battle the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Sunday in MLB betting action at PNC Park.

Mike Leake gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Reds on this day; he's 10-7 on the season. The Pirates, meanwhile, will counter with James McDonald, who will be looking to improve on his 8-6 mark.

View Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Pirates in this one, they're listed as moneyline underdogs of +110 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The Pirates - Reds odds would favor the Reds if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 14 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Cincinnati is at No. 8 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 13-rated National League offense, averaging 3.8 runs per game, against a Reds defense that ranks No. 10 in the National League at 4.4 in runs allowed per game. The Pirates have averaged 8.2 hits per game so far, less than Reds batters have averaged on the year (8.9 hits per game).

Defensively, Cincinnati features the National League's No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.3 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the National League at home, scoring 3.6 runs per game.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 5-3 loser on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Reds endured a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Saturday, with Dontrelle Willis throwing 6 innings of 8-hit ball at PNC Park.

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Florida are 7-3
After playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Milwaukee are 1-9
After playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Reds at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Cincinnati's last 15 games on the road
Cincinnati is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games at home
Pittsburgh is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Cincinnati

Next up:
Cincinnati at Florida, Tuesday, August 23
Pittsburgh home to Milwaukee, Monday, August 22

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