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|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.
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:
Pittsburgh home to Chi Cubs, Saturday, September 14