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MLB BASEBALL

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Tuesday when the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs meet at Wrigley Field.

The Pirates will trot Gerrit Cole out to the mound in this one. Righthander Cole has a 9-7 record and a 3.23 ERA this season.

Starting this game for the Cubs will be Chris Rusin. The lefthander has a 3.52 ERA to go along with a 2-5 record this season.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -128 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 90-67 SU
Chicago: 65-92 SU

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

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 its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next up:
Chi Cubs home to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, September 25