Cubs visit Pittsburgh Pirates in MLB clash
Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds
PNC Park hosts an MLB battle between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the visiting Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Pittsburgh hands the ball to starter Gerrit Cole in this one and he'll try to improve on his 7-7 mark on the year. Chicago counters with Scott Baker, who will try to quiet the fans and the Pirates bats at the same time.
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Cubs listed as underdogs of +-192 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.
The Pirates sit at No. 8 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cubs sit at a National League No. 10 on the same chart.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's National League No. 10-ranked scoring average of 3.9 runs per game, against a Cubs offense rated No. 11 and scoring 3.9 runs per game in the league. The Pirates have averaged 8.4 hits per game to date this season, more than the Cubs hitters have managed (8.1 per nine innings).
Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 3 defense, allowing 3.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's National League No. 8-rated defense.
Chicago won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Pirates on September 13. Bettors who backed the Cubs at +161 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Cubs enjoyed a 5-4 victory at the expense of the Pirates on Friday, with Jake Arrieta throwing 5 innings of 6-hit ball at PNC Park.
Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 3-7
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Cubs at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chi Cubs' last 15 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs at Pittsburgh, Sunday, September 15