Chicago sends Edwin Jackson vs Charlie Morton in Cubs vs Pirates game
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Odds
The visiting Pirates hope for a solid performance on Saturday as they look to steal a win at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.
The match puts starter Charlie Morton for the Pirates on the hill facing Edwin Jackson for the Cubs. Morton brings a 1-1 mark to the game, while Jackson is 4-10 to date on the season.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Cubs as +108 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 9.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.
The Cubs sit at No. 7 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pirates sit at a National League No. 5 on the same chart.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 7-rated National League offense, averaging 4.1 runs per game, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 1 in the National League at 3.4 in runs allowed per game. The Cubs have averaged 8.2 hits per game so far, less than Pirates batters have averaged on the year (8.3 hits per game).
Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.7 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the National League at home, scoring 4.7 runs per game.
Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 6-2 result against the Cubs on July 5. Bettors who backed the Pirates at -137 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Pittsburgh looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Cubs, a 6-2 final on Friday in support of Francisco Liriano at Wrigley Field.
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a win are 8-2
Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After a loss are 7-3
A few Pirates at Cubs trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 13 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 4-9 SU in their last 13 games at home
Pittsburgh at Chi Cubs, Sunday, July 7