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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Thursday when the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet at PNC Park.
Jason Hammel will be the starting pitcher for the Cubs on this day. Righthander Hammel is 0-0 this season with a 0.00 ERA.
The Pirates will counter Hammel with Wandy Rodriguez. Lefthander Rodriguez has a 0.00 ERA to go along with a 0-0 record this season.
Chicago lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Pirates on April 2. Bettors who backed the Pirates at -154 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Chicago has lost 2 straight games.
Pittsburgh has won 2 straight games.
Chicago: 0-2 SU
Pittsburgh: 2-0 SU
Chicago most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7
Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs's last 13 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Chi Cubs's last 24 games
Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 13 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs home to Philadelphia, Friday, April 4
Pittsburgh home to St. Louis, Friday, April 4