Jeff Samardzija vs AJ Burnett matchup featured in MLB action
Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Cubs arrive at PNC Park on Monday.
The match puts starter Jeff Samardzija for the Cubs on the hill facing AJ Burnett for the Pirates. Samardzija brings a 0-0 mark to the game, while Burnett is 0-0 to date on the season.
Sportsbooks had set the Pirates as -135 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 7.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.
The Pirates sit at No. 13 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cubs sit at a National League No. 15 on the same chart.
How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Pittsburgh and its National League No. 1-rated batting order, averaging 0 runs per nine innings, against the National League's No. 1 lineup of the Cubs at 0 runs per outing.
Defensively, Chicago features the National League's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the National League at home, scoring 0 runs per game.
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Astros at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at -121 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chicago looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Astros, a 5-4 final on Wednesday in support of Travis Wood at Wrigley Field.
Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 4-0 loser as they battled the Braves at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Braves at +132 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Luis Avilan in a losing cause, 4-0, against Atlanta on Wednesday.
Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a win are 4-6
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Chi Cubs are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6
A few Cubs at Pirates trends to consider:
Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 3