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MLB Game Preview - Pirates underdogs vs Reds at Cincinnati

Pittsburgh PiratesCincinnati Reds
May 19, 12:35 PM | GrassGreat American Ball Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Pittsburgh duelling Cincinnati on Thursday at Great American Ball Park.

It's a pitching duel between Johnny Cueto for the Reds (2-0 on the year) and James McDonald for Pittsburgh (2-3 so far).

View Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Pittsburgh before the first pitch in this match will find them as +-200-moneyline underdogs. They will see an opening total of 8.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 5-rated Reds and the league No. 16-ranked Pirates, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cincinnati's National League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.2 runs per game, against a Pirates offense rated No. 14 and scoring 3.6 runs per game in the league. The Reds have averaged 9.1 hits per game to date this season, more than the Pirates hitters have managed (7.7 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 11-rated road mark, allowing 4.5 runs per game on the highway. Cincinnati, on the other hand, rates No. 1 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 5-0 winner on the road against the Reds. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +140 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Pittsburgh threw a shutout at Cincinnati in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Charlie Morton to defeat Cincinnati 5-0 on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

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

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Detroit, Friday, May 20
Cincinnati at Cleveland, Friday, May 20