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MLB BASEBALL

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

A winning streak will be on the line for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday when they battle the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.

The Cubs will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander Chris Rusin in this game. Rusin has a 2-3 record and a 2.89 ERA this season.

Rusin's opponent in this one will be Jeff Locke. The Pirates lefthander has a 3.23 ERA to go along with a 9-5 record this season.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 6-0 result against the Reds on September 11. Bettors who backed the Reds at -181 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Pittsburgh was a 7-5 winner in its last match on the road against the Rangers. They won as +122 underdogs, while the total score of 12 made winners of OVER bettors.

Current streak:
Pittsburgh has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 62-83 SU
Pittsburgh: 84-61 SU

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After playing Texas are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs's last 13 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 13 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Chi Cubs, Friday, September 13