Cincinnati Reds (60-47) at Pittsburgh (36-69), 7:05 p.m. EDT Sports.com Line: Cincinnati -130, Total: 8
The Reds look to improve upon their impressive 11-6 record since the All-Star break when they travel to Pittsburgh tonight. The Pirates have been the opposite, as they are 6-11 over the same span and have lost 18 of their last 25. Sports Scores
The Reds have played very well at Pittsburgh dating back to last season, winning four straight and eight of the last 11 in the Steel City. The Pirates have really struggled this season against teams with winning records, posting a 12-34 mark.
Mike Leake (7-2, 3.57) gets the start for the Reds against Paul Maholm (9-12, 4.67 ERA). Since going 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA in his first 11 starts, Leake is just 2-2 with a 5.63 ERA over his last eight starts. Maholm has also been roughed up of late, posting a 6.18 ERA in his last 7 starts (2-4 over that span). Baseball Scores
The Pirates are a bad offensive team though (last in NL in BA) and that makes the Reds a -130 favorite.
Also consider this from Fox Sheets:All underdogs with a money line of +100 or higher (PITTSBURGH)bad offensive team (<=4.1 runs/game) against a good starting pitcher (ERA<=3.70) (NL), with an overused bullpen that pitches more than 3.2 innings per game are 161-61 over the last 5 seasons. 72.5% (57.4 units). Basketball Scores