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Arrieta Feasts on Pirates Like No Other

Jake Arrieta Chicago Cubs MLB

Since the beginning of the 2015 regular season, you’d be hard pressed to find a better pitcher in the game than Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs. The righty, who is picking up exactly where he left off in 2015, will continue his amazing start to the season as he is expected to get the ball against an opponent he has absolutely owned: The Pittsburgh Pirates.

Shark Bites
  • OVER is 4-0 in the previous four meetings.
  • The Pirates are 0-6 SU in the previous six meetings.
  • The Pirates are 0-4 SU in Locke’s last four starts at Wrigley Field.

The Cubbies are currently being offered at -275 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada while the Pirates are presently +235. In typical Wrigley Field fashion, the total will be held off the board until closer to start time.

In 10 career starts against the Pirates, Arrieta has a personal record of 7-1 with an absurd 1.50 ERA and an even more absurd WHIP of .803.

In seven starts this season, Arrieta has gone 6-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. One of those has come against the Buccos as the 30-year-old went seven innings and allowed just two hits in the Cubs’ 7-1 win back on May 3.

Expected to counter for the Pirates is Jeff Locke, who has not been particularly strong this season. The southpaw is 1-2 with a 4.68 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in six starts, but the Pirates have lost five of those entering Saturday’s contest.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 5.3-4.1 win for the Cubs on Saturday. 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

The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 26-8 heading into this matchup, while the Pittsburgh Pirates sit at 18-16 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Chicago Cubs rated this week at No. 1 and the Pittsburgh Pirates sitting at No. 16.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Chicago Cubs No. 1 ranked offense (6.03 runs per game) against a Pittsburgh Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 23 at 4.82 runs allowed per game. The Chicago Cubs have been averaging 8.97 hits per game, less than the Pittsburgh Pirates have managed so far this season (9.85 hits on average).

Pittsburgh brings the No. 23-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Cubs's No. 1-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pittsburgh looks to rebound from a loss to the Cubs, who beat them 9-4 on Friday behind a start from J Hammel at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games
  • Pittsburgh is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 17 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of Chi Cubs's last 14 games
  • Chi Cubs is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Chicago, Sunday, May 15th