Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Preview
Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds
Pittsburgh will try to be nasty hosts on Wednesday when the Chicago Cubs pay a visit to PNC Park.
Pittsburgh hands the ball to starter Francisco Liriano in this one and he'll try to improve on his 2-0 mark on the year. Chicago counters with Jeff Samardzija, who will try to quiet the fans and the Pirates bats at the same time.
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pirates rated this week at No. 5 and the Cubs sitting at No. 6.
How They Match Up:
At the plate, Pittsburgh owns the No. 11 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.1 per game. By contrast, the Cubs are rated No. 7 in the same category at 8.5 per game.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the National League's No. 7 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -150 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chicago didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-4 to Pittsburgh on Tuesday at PNC Park.
Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-9
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After playing Chi Cubs are 3-7
After a win are 6-4
A few Cubs at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 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 OVER in 12 of Chi Cubs' last 16 games
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs at Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 23