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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/13/14

Pittsburgh Pirates (48-45) at Cincinnati Reds (50-43)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Francisco Liriano (L) (1-6) (4.603) vs. Johnny Cueto (R) (9-6) (2.027)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -154 / Pittsburgh Pirates +144 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-OH

The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.

The Pirates have won seven of their 12 games in the month of July and are four games above .500. The Pirates offense continues to show signs of consistency, producing four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Pirates have scored 11 runs alone in this series. Andrew McCutchen has 17 hits in his last 10 games and Jordy Mercer has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Pirates have an ERA of 3.73, 12th in baseball. Taking the hill is Francisco Liriano, who is 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA and has 77 strikeouts in 72.1 innings. Liriano is 0-4 with a 3.99 ERA in six career starts against the Reds.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/13/14

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The Reds have won seven of their 12 games in the month of July and are six games above .500. While it hasn’t been the case all season, the Reds bats have been heating up lately, producing four or more runs in eight straight games. The Reds have won 14 of their last 16 games when scoring four or more runs. Todd Frazier has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Billy Hamilton has crossed the plate six times in his last 10 games. The Reds have an ERA of 3.45, ninth in the league. Starting is Johnny Cueto, who is 9-6 with a 2.03 ERA and has 134 strikeouts in 137.2 innings. Cueto is 15-4 with a 2.18 ERA in 24 career starts against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 4-1 in Lirianos last 5 starts as an underdog and 1-4 in Lirianos last 5 starts. The Reds are 5-1 in Cuetos last 6 starts and 40-15 in Cuetos last 55 starts as a favorite. Reds are 4-1 in Cuetos last 5 starts vs. Pirates, while the Pirates are 2-5 in Lirianos last 7 starts vs. Reds.

You see Cueto's career numbers against the Pirates? Yeah. I'll have some of that. 

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Cincinnati Reds -154

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