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MLB BASEBALL

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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

The Cubs will trot Jake Arrieta out to the mound in this one. Righthander Arrieta has a 3-4 record and a 5.49 ERA this season.

The Pirates will counter Arrieta with Charlie Morton. Righthander Morton has a 3.44 ERA to go along with a 7-4 record this season.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -172 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 2 straight games.
Pittsburgh has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 62-84 SU
Pittsburgh: 85-61 SU

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

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

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

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Chi Cubs, Saturday, September 14