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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Wrigley Field.

The Pirates will give the ball to starter Francisco Liriano in this one. Lefthander Liriano is 3-2 this season with a 2.17 ERA.

The Cubs will counter Liriano with Travis Wood. Lefthander Wood has a 2.75 ERA to go along with a 5-3 record this season.

Pittsburgh was a 5-0 loser in its last match on the road against the Braves. They lost as +109 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Chicago, they were an 8-6 winner as they battled the Angels on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at +146 were rewarded, while the 14 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Pittsburgh has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 35-25 SU
Chicago: 24-33 SU

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing LA Angels are 5-2
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Pittsburgh's last 20 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Chi Cubs's last 17 games at home
Chi Cubs are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games

Next up:
Chi Cubs home to Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 8