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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview 04/25/2013

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Citizens Bank Park.

Righthander James McDonald will take the mound for the Pirates to start this game. McDonald is 2-2 this season with a 4.12 ERA.

It'll be Cliff Lee toeing the rubber for the Phillies in this contest. Lefthander Lee is 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA so far this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Phillies listed as 173-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game's total is sitting at 7.
The Pirates were a 5-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -102 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

CURRENT STREAK:
Pittsburgh has won 2 straight games.
Philadelphia has lost 2 straight games.

TEAM RECORDS:
Pittsburgh: 12-9 SU
Philadelphia: 9-13 SU
PITTSBURGH MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

PHILADELPHIA MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing NY Mets are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 10 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Philadelphia's last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Philadelphia's last 15 games when playing Pittsburgh

NEXT UP:
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Friday, April 26
Philadelphia at NY Mets, Friday, April 26