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Pirates vs Reds Baseball Game Preview

Pittsburgh PiratesCincinnati Reds
July 21, 1:10 PM | GrassGreat American Ball Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds Odds

56-39TEAM RECORD55-42

The Cincinnati Reds look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Pirates arrive at Great American Ball Park on Sunday.

Jeff Locke, with a record of 8-2 on the season, gets the ball for the Pirates, while the Reds trot Homer Bailey to the mound in this one. He is 5-8 so far in 2013.

View Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Reds as -134 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 2-ranked Reds and the National League No. 5-rated Pirates in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cincinnati's No. 4-rated National League offense, averaging 4.4 runs per game, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 1 in the National League at 3.4 in runs allowed per game. The Reds have averaged 8.5 hits per game so far, more than Pirates batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.8 runs per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the National League at home, scoring 4.7 runs per game.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Reds on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at -138 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Pirates endured a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Reds on Saturday, with A.J. Burnett throwing 5 2/3 innings of 10-hit ball at Great American Ball Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing San Francisco are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

A few Pirates at Reds trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 18 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 6 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Washington, Monday, July 22
Cincinnati at San Francisco, Monday, July 22

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