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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

Pittsburgh Pirates

Chicago Cubs
91-67 September 25, 2013, 02:20 PM | Wrigley Field 65-93

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to grab a road win when they take on the Cubs in Chicago at Wrigley Field on Wednesday in baseball odds action.

The Cubs will rely on Jake Arrieta to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Francisco Liriano will be his counterpart for the Pirates. Jake Arrieta is 4-4 this season, and Francisco Liriano is 16-7.

View Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Odds and Stats.

This game matches up the No. 21 (Cubs) and the No. 20 (Pirates) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were an 8-2 winner as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -166 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Pirates grabbed a win last time out, defeating Chris Rusin and the Cubs 8-2 on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Chicago and its No. 27-rated batting order, averaging 3.77 runs per nine innings, against the No. 20 lineup of the Pirates at 3.9 runs per outing.

Chicago owns the No. 16 defense, allowing 3.77 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's No. 2-rated defense.

A few Pirates at Cubs trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games on the road
Chi Cubs is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs's last 11 games
Chi Cubs is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Friday, September 27th
Chicago at St. Louis, Friday, September 27th