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Moneyline Favors Chicago Cubs in MLB Battle with Pittsburgh Pirates

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

Pittsburgh sends Jonathon Niese out against John Lackey for the Chicago Cubs in this game. Niese is 7-6 with a 4.87 ERA on the season, while Lackey is 7-5 on the year and has a 3.50 ERA.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates were listed as 137 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 8.5 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.8-4.6 win for the Cubs on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Pittsburgh (46-42) will face the 52-35 Cubs in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Chicago injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Pittsburgh Pirates at No. 18 and the Chicago Cubs at No. 22 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Pittsburgh owns the No. 8 ranking for hits at 9.17 per game. By contrast, the Chicago Cubs are rated No. 15 in the same category at 8.64 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Pittsburgh has the No. 18-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the No. 3 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 12-6 to Pittsburgh on Saturday at PNC Park.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games
  • Chi Cubs is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to Texas, Friday, July 15th
Pittsburgh at Washington, Friday, July 15th