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Pittsburgh Pirates take on Cubs in baseball test


Pittsburgh Pirates

Chicago Cubs
89-67 September 23, 2013, 08:05 PM | Wrigley Field 65-91



A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Pittsburgh duelling Chicago on Monday at Wrigley Field.

It's a pitching duel between Jeff Samardzija for the Cubs (8-12 on the year) and Charlie Morton for Pittsburgh (7-4 so far).

View Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Odds and Stats.

This game matches up the No. 21 (Cubs) and the No. 20 (Pirates) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 11-3 loser as they battled the Reds at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at +108 were rewarded, while the 14 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh suffered a 11-3 loss against Cincinnati on Sunday, as Jeff Locke wasn't able to lead his team to victory at PNC Park.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Braves on September 22. Bettors who backed the Braves at -157 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Chicago suffered a 5-2 loss against Atlanta on Sunday, as Edwin Jackson wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Wrigley Field.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Chicago owns the No. 29 ranking for hits at 8.09 per game. By contrast, the Pirates are rated No. 23 in the same category at 8.28 per game.

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.96 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 at home, scoring 4.21 runs per game.

A few Pirates at Cubs trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games
Chi Cubs is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games at home


Next up:
Pittsburgh at Chicago, Tuesday, September 24th