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MLB BASEBALL

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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

Righthander Edwin Jackson will take the mound for the Cubs to start this game. Jackson is 1-6 this season with a 5.76 ERA.

Jackson's opponent in this one will be Jeanmar Gomez. The Pirates righthander has a 2.89 ERA to go along with a 1-0 record this season.

The Cubs were a 1-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -137 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 3 straight games.
Pittsburgh has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 18-27 SU
Pittsburgh: 28-18 SU

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

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Chi Cubs's last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Chi Cubs's last 22 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Cincinnati, Friday, May 24
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, Friday, May 24