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Sep 23, 8:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Odds

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The Chicago Cubs battle the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday in MLB betting action at Wrigley Field.

It's a pitching duel between Jeff Samardzija for the Cubs (8-12 on the year) and Charlie Morton for Pittsburgh (7-4 so far).

View Pittsburgh vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as $BOVADA-LINK$ had installed the Cubs as +115 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 999 before betting at $5DIMES-LINK$ started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 11-ranked Cubs and the National League No. 7-rated Pirates in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 13-rated National League offense, averaging 3.8 runs per game, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 2 in the National League at 3.6 in runs allowed per game. The Cubs have averaged 8.1 hits per game so far, less than Pirates batters have averaged on the year (8.3 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 4 runs per game on the highway. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 8 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 11-3 loser as they battled the Reds at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at +108 were rewarded, while the 14 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh suffered a 11-3 loss against Cincinnati on Sunday, as Jeff Locke wasn't able to lead his team to victory at PNC Park.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Braves on September 22. Bettors who backed the Braves at -157 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Chicago suffered a 5-2 loss against Atlanta on Sunday, as Edwin Jackson wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Wrigley Field.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Pirates at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 9-4 SU in their last 13 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Chi Cubs, Tuesday, September 24

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