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MLB betting line favors Pirates over Cubs

Chicago Cubs

Pittsburgh Pirates
66-96 March 31, 2014, 01:05 PM | PNC Park 97-71

The Chicago Cubs will look to grab a road win when they take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh at PNC Park on Monday in baseball odds action.

Pittsburgh hands the ball to starter Francisco Liriano in this one and he'll try to improve on his 0-0 mark on the year. Chicago counters with Jeff Samardzija, who will try to quiet the fans and the Pirates bats at the same time. View Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Pirates as -157 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 26-rated Cubs taking on the No. 10-rated Pirates in this contest.

In their last action, Chicago was a 4-0 loser on the road against the Cardinals. Bettors on St. Louis at -150 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Chicago didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Joe Kelly in a losing cause, 4-0, against St. Louis on Sunday.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 6-1 result against the Cardinals on October 9. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -162 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Pirates endured a 6-1 loss at the hands of the Cardinals on Wednesday, with Gerrit Cole throwing 5 innings of 3-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

A few Cubs at Pirates trends to consider:
Chi Cubs is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chi Cubs's last 15 games
Chi Cubs is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games at home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chicago at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 2nd