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Baseball odds preview - Pittsburgh vs. Chicago

Pittsburgh PiratesChicago Cubs
Aug 1, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Odds

59-44TEAM RECORD43-59

The Cubs get a visit from the Pittsburgh Pirates in baseball action on Wednesday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Chicago hands the ball to starter Travis Wood in this one and he'll try to improve on his 4-6 mark on the year. Pittsburgh counters with Jeff Karstens, who will try to quiet the fans and the Cubs bats at the same time.

View Pittsburgh vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Pittsburgh before the first pitch in this match will find them as 115-moneyline favorites. They will see an opening total of 999.

Power Rankings:
The Cubs sit at No. 14 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pirates sit at a National League No. 13 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Chicago owns the No. 12 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.2 per game. By contrast, the Pirates are rated No. 14 in the same category at 8.1 per game.

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.9 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the National League at home, scoring 4 runs per game.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 5-0 result against the Cubs on July 31. Bettors who backed the Pirates at -130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. A.J. Burnett chucked 9 shutout innings at the Cubs in their last game, striking out 8 in a 5-0 win against Chicago in baseball action at Wrigley Field.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Cincinnati are 7-3
After playing Chi Cubs are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing LA Dodgers are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few Pirates at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Friday, August 3
Chi Cubs at LA Dodgers, Friday, August 3