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Cubs face Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB odds preview and stats

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July 23, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Chicago duelling Pittsburgh on Monday at PNC Park.

It's a pitching duel between Erik Bedard for the Pirates (5-10 on the year) and Jeff Samardzija for Chicago (6-8 so far).

View Chi Cubs vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Chicago before the first pitch in this match will find them as +-150-moneyline underdogs. They will see an opening total of 8.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 14-rated Cubs taking on the National League's No. 13-rated Pirates in this contest.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's National League No. 10-ranked scoring average of 4.1 runs per game, against a Cubs offense rated No. 15 and scoring 3.7 runs per game in the league. The Pirates have averaged 8.1 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cubs hitters have managed (8.3 per nine innings).

Defensively, Chicago features the National League's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 5 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the National League at home, scoring 3.8 runs per game.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 7-0 result against the Cardinals on July 22. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -220 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Chicago didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Lance Lynn in a losing cause, 7-0, against St. Louis on Sunday.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 3-0 winner as they battled the Marlins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -110 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh threw a shutout at Miami in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Jeffrey Karstens to defeat Miami 3-0 on Sunday.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

A few Cubs at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 10 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 13 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, July 24