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Cubs face Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB odds preview and stats

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Sep 15, 1:35 PM | GrassPNC Park

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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Chicago pays a visit to Pittsburgh on Sunday, hoping to shut down the Pirates bats in baseball action at PNC Park.

For the Pirates, Francisco Liriano gets the ball, charged with keeping the Cubs hitters off the base paths. He'll face Travis Wood, 9-11 on the year.

View Chi Cubs vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Cubs listed as underdogs of +-191 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 8-rated Pirates and the league No. 10-ranked Cubs, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Cubs rank No. 14 in the National League at 8.1 hits per game. That compares with Pittsburgh’s No. 10 ranking in that category.

Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's National League No. 8-rated defense.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Pirates on September 14. Bettors who backed the Pirates at -186 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Cubs endured a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Saturday, with Scott Baker throwing 6 innings of 3-hit ball at PNC Park.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

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

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

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Milwaukee, Monday, September 16
Pittsburgh home to San Diego, Monday, September 16

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