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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 Wednesday.
Pittsburgh sends Kevin Correia out against Ryan Dempster for the Cubs in this game. Correia is 7-6 with a 4.31 ERA on the season, while Dempster is 5-4 on the year and has a 2.11 ERA.
The visitors opened as +-135 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 7.5 for those preferring over under wagers.
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 12-rated Pirates and the league No. 14-ranked Cubs, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 10-rated offensive output, at 8.1 hits per game. The Cubs average 8.2 hits per game, good for No. 11 on the National League list.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 3-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the National League's No. 10 mark in runs allowed.
Chicago won its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Pirates on July 24. Bettors who backed the Cubs at +158 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Cubs enjoyed a 5-1 victory at the expense of the Pirates on Tuesday, with Paul Maholm throwing 8 innings of 4-hit ball at PNC Park.
Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
A few Cubs at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games on the road
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 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 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
Chi Cubs home to St. Louis, Friday, July 27
Pittsburgh at Houston, Thursday, July 26