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Travis Wood out to silence Pirates bats in MLB contest

Pittsburgh PiratesChicago Cubs
Sep 17, 8:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Odds

73-72TEAM RECORD58-88

The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Chicago and Pittsburgh on Monday, with the host Cubs trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Pittsburgh puts its faith in starter Kevin Correia to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 10-9. Getting the ball for the Cubs is Travis Wood, who owns a 6-11 record on the season with a 4.23 ERA.

View Pittsburgh vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Chicago opened as +100 moneyline underdogs in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 999.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 15-ranked Cubs and the National League No. 13-rated Pirates in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 15 ranked National League offense (3.9 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 in the National League at 4.2 runs allowed per game. The Cubs have been averaging 8.1 hits per game, less than the Pirates have managed so far this season (8.2 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 4.9 runs per game on the highway. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 8 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 13-9 loser as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at +111 were rewarded, while the 22 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Pirates were saddled with a loss last time out in Jeff Locke's start, as they lost 13-9 against Chicago on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few Pirates at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games at home
Chi Cubs are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Milwaukee, Tuesday, September 18
Chi Cubs home to Cincinnati, Tuesday, September 18