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Gerrit Cole vs Chris Rusin matchup featured in MLB action

Pittsburgh Pirates

Chicago Cubs
90-67 September 24, 2013, 08:05 PM | Wrigley Field 65-92

Pittsburgh pays a visit to Chicago on Tuesday, hoping to shut down the Cubs bats in baseball action at Wrigley Field.

Chris Rusin will take the mound for Chicago, and he'll carry a 2-5 record into the contest. Gerrit Cole gets the ball for Pittsburgh; he's 9-7 so far this season.

View Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Odds and Stats.

Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Cubs as 151 moneyline Underdog in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 8 at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Cubs sit at No. 21 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pirates sit at No. 20 on the same chart.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -128 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Pirates enjoyed a 2-1 victory at the expense of the Cubs on Monday, with Charlie Morton throwing 7 innings of 3-hit ball at Wrigley Field.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has baseball's No. 27-rated offensive output, at 8.08 hits per game. The Pirates average 8.27 hits per game, good for No. 23 on the list.

Chicago owns the No. 16 defense, allowing 3.78 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 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs's last 10 games
Chi Cubs is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Chicago, Wednesday, September 25th