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Chris Volstad faces Jeff Locke in MLB odds action

Pittsburgh PiratesChicago Cubs
Sep 16, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Odds

73-71TEAM RECORD57-88

Chicago will look to improve on its 57-88 record when take on Pittsburgh, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Sunday.

The Cubs will rely on Chris Volstad to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Jeff Locke will be his counterpart for the Pirates. Chris Volstad is 3-10 this season, and Jeff Locke is 0-1.

View Pittsburgh vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Cubs in this one, they're listed as moneyline underdogs of +105 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cubs, most recently No. 15 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Pirates, who rate a National League No. 13 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Chicago owns the No. 15 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.1 per game. By contrast, the Pirates are rated No. 14 in the same category at 8.2 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Chicago has the National League's No. 14-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Pirates own the National League's No. 6 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 7-6 winner as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -148 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh got the job done in their last match in a 7-6 victory over Chicago on Saturday at Wrigley Field behind starter Wandy Rodriguez.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Chi Cubs are 2-8
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 8-2
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few Pirates at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 8-4 SU in their last 12 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Chi Cubs, Monday, September 17

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