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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at Great American Ball Park.

Jeff Locke will be the starting pitcher for the Pirates on this day. Lefthander Locke is 8-2 this season with a 2.15 ERA.

The Reds will counter Locke with Homer Bailey. Righthander Bailey has a 3.82 ERA to go along with a 5-8 record this season.

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.

Current streak:
Pittsburgh has lost 3 straight games.
Cincinnati has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 56-39 SU
Cincinnati: 55-42 SU

Pittsburgh most recently:
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 most recently:
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 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