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Chicago Cubs Open as Moneyline Underdog vs the Pittsburgh Pirates

Chicago Cubs

vs

Pittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:35 PM ET
PNC Park

The Chicago Cubs pay a visit to Pittsburgh on Thursday, hoping to shut down the Pirates bats in baseball betting action at PNC Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will turn to Jeff Locke and his 2-0 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Chicago Cubs send Kyle Hendricks (0-0) to the hill.

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Odds and Betting Line

Pittsburgh was a -121 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at 5Dimes pick an opening over under number of 8.

Computer Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pick

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.5-3.7 win for the Pirates on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Pirates sport a record of 7-8 heading into this matchup, while the Chicago Cubs sit at 8-6 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Chicago injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pittsburgh Pirates rated this week at No. 10 and the Chicago Cubs sitting at No. 17.

How Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Stats Match Up

Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh Pirates No. 18 ranked offense (4 runs per game) against a Chicago Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 13 at 4.07 runs allowed per game. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been averaging 7.07 hits per game, less than the Chicago Cubs have managed so far this season (8.5 hits on average).

Chicago brings the No. 13-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Pirates's No. 5-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cubs were saddled with a loss last time out in Jason Hammel's start, as they lost 4-3 against Pittsburgh on Wednesday at PNC Park.

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Odds Trends

Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Chi Cubs's last 21 games on the road
Chi Cubs is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Cincinnati, Friday, April 24th
Pittsburgh at Arizona, Friday, April 24th

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