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MLB Betting Line Favors the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs

Pittsburgh Pirates


Chicago Cubs
Friday, June 20, 2014 4:05 PM ET
Wrigley Field

Those betting on MLB baseball odds will look to pick a winner at Wrigley Field on Friday as the host Chicago Cubs battle the Pittsburgh Pirates in baseball betting odds action.

Charlie Morton, with a record of 4-7 on the season, gets the ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates, while the Chicago Cubs trot Edwin Jackson to the mound in this one. He is 4-7 so far in 2014.

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Computer Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Pick

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Cubs to win this game 3.9-3.8. 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 Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 30-40 heading into this matchup, while the Pittsburgh Pirates sit at 35-37 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 19 (Chicago Cubs) and the No. 5 (Pittsburgh Pirates) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Stats Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has baseball's No. 23-rated offensive output, at 8.03 hits per game. The Pittsburgh Pirates average 9.04 hits per game, good for No. 5 on the list.

Chicago owns the No. 12 defense, allowing 3.86 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's No. 20-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Pirates were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Reds. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +102 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Pittsburgh won a close affair on Thursday in their last outing, defeating Cincinnati 4-3 in extra innings at PNC Park.

In their last action, Chicago was a 6-1 winner on the road against the Marlins. Bettors on Chicago at +111 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well. Jake Arrieta blew away 11 Miami batters in the Cubs's last start, leading them to a 6-1 win over Miami on Wednesday at Marlins Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Betting Odds Trends

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Chi Cubs is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games at home
Chi Cubs is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh

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