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MLB BASEBALL

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Wednesday when the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet at PNC Park.

Righthander Jeff Samardzija will take the mound for the Cubs to start this game. Samardzija is 2-5 this season with a 3.49 ERA.

Starting this game for the Pirates will be Francisco Liriano. The lefthander has a 1.64 ERA to go along with a 2-0 record this season.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -150 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 2 straight games.
Pittsburgh has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 18-26 SU
Pittsburgh: 27-18 SU

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-9
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Chi Cubs's last 16 games
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Chi Cubs, Thursday, May 23