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MLB BASEBALL

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Monday when the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs meet at Wrigley Field.

Charlie Morton will be the starting pitcher for the Pirates on this day. Righthander Morton is 7-4 this season with a 3.35 ERA.

It'll be Jeff Samardzija toeing the rubber for the Cubs in this contest. Righthander Samardzija is 8-12 with a 4.42 ERA so far this season.

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.

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.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 89-67 SU
Chicago: 65-91 SU

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

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

Next up:
Chi Cubs home to Pittsburgh, Tuesday, September 24