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Quintana Set to Make Second Career Start vs Pirates

After winning eight of their last 11 games, the Chicago Cubs will aim for a second consecutive series sweep at home when they wrap up a three-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. Sportsbooks opened the Bucs as +185 road underdogs for the tilt.

Shark Bites
  • The Cubs are 2-6 SU in their last eight games when closing out a series.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Pirates’ last seven games as road underdogs.
  • The Pirates are 0-5 SU in their last five games on the road with Ivan Nova as the starting pitcher.

Ivan Nova and Jose Quintana are slated to get the nod for the Pirates and Cubs, respectively. Nova (11-11, 3.97 ERA) hasn’t fared well in the second half of the season, going 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in his last eight appearances. The 30-year-old is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three career starts against the Cubbies.

Quintana (8-11, 4.49) has been a boon for the Cubs since coming over from the crosstown White Sox, notching a 4-3 record with a 4.50 ERA in that span. The hurler’s only previous start against the Pirates was in 2015 when he allowed three runs and nine hits over six frames in a losing effort.

When the Pirates and Cubs get together, low-scoring games are the story. In the last seven meetings between the NL Central rivals, the UNDER is 6-1.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 5.7-3.6 win for the Cubs on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Chicago (71-60) will face the 63-70 Pirates in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 6-ranked Chicago Cubs and the No. 24-rated Pittsburgh Pirates in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates rank No. 26 at 8.29 hits per game. That compares with the Chicago Cubs No. 18 ranking in that category.

Pittsburgh brings the No. 13-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Cubs's No. 11-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pittsburgh didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-1 to Chicago on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
  • Pittsburgh is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
  • Chi Cubs is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Chi Cubs is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Friday, September 1
Chicago home to Atlanta, Thursday, August 31