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Pittsburgh Pirates Starter Edinson Volquez Out to Silence Chicago Cubs Bats in MLB Contest

Chicago Cubs

vs

Pittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, June 12, 2014 7:05 PM ET
PNC Park

PNC Park hosts an MLB battle between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the visiting Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will rely on Edinson Volquez to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Jeff Samardzija will be his counterpart for the Chicago Cubs. Edinson Volquez is 3-5 this season, and Jeff Samardzija is 2-5.

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Odds and Betting Line

The Pittsburgh Pirates were listed as -115 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at Bovada, while odds makers set the opening total line around 7 earlier at TopBet.

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Computer Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pick

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.9-3.8 result in favor of the Cubs. 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

31-34 Pittsburgh battles the Cubs, currently with a 26-37 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Chicago injuries news.

The Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs odds would favor the Cubs if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 16 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Chicago is at No. 14.

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How Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Stats Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh Pirates No. 20-rated offense, averaging 3.98 runs per game, against a Chicago Cubs defense that ranks No. 12 at 4.06 in runs allowed per game. The Pittsburgh Pirates have averaged 8.69 hits per game so far, more than Chicago Cubs batters have averaged on the year (7.95 hits per game).

Chicago brings the No. 12-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Pirates's No. 16-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Pirates on June 11. Bettors who backed the Pirates at -131 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Cubs endured a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Wednesday, with Jason Hammel throwing 5 innings of 11-hit ball at PNC Park.

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Odds Trends

Chi Cubs is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 8 games
Chi Cubs is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Philadelphia, Friday, June 13th
Pittsburgh at Miami, Friday, June 13th

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