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MLB BASEBALL

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

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

The Pirates will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander Francisco Liriano in this game. Liriano has a 7-3 record and a 2.23 ERA this season.

The Cubs will counter Liriano with Jeff Samardzija. Righthander Samardzija has a 3.34 ERA to go along with a 5-7 record this season.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Phillies on July 4. Bettors who backed the Phillies at +123 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Cubs were a 1-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Athletics. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at -162 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 52-32 SU
Chicago: 36-47 SU

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing Oakland are 6-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 12 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games at home

Next up:
Chi Cubs home to Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 6