Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, Las Vegas Odds, Sports Betting Lines, Picks and Prediction

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99-56 1st in National League Central September 26, 7:05 PM | Grass of PNC Park 77-78, 3rd in National League Central

When: 7:05 PM ET, Monday, September 26, 2016
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rotation /Team /Time Opening Lines
09/26 7:05 PM
903cubs Chi. Cubs
904pirates Pittsburgh
7½o-25
-154
+144
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Kyle HendricksKyle Hendricks (15-8, 2.06 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Chad KuhlChad Kuhl (5-3, 3.73)
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – Monday, September 26th – NATIONAL LEAGUE, Chicago Cubs vs.Pittsburgh Pirates.

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread / Run Line MoneyLine Total
cubsChicago Cubs [K Hendricks – R]  -1.5 +100 -161 7.5 -120
piratesPittsburgh Pirates [C Kuhl – R]  +1.5 -120 +146 7.5 +100
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 The fans at PNC Park will be treated to a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates when they take their seats on Monday.

The Cubs will give the ball to starter Kyle Hendricks in this one. Right hander Hendricks is 15-8 this season with a 2.01 ERA.

Hendricks has not pitched since Sept. 18, when he had his string of six consecutive winning decisions halted by Milwaukee despite allowing only two runs and six hits in six innings. The 26-year-old Californian, who leads the major leagues in ERA, has given up three earned runs or fewer in 21 straight outings. Hendricks improved to 2-1 with a 4.22 ERA in six career starts against Pittsburgh on Aug. 30 as he scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings.

Hendricks’s opponent in this one will be Chad Kuhl. The Pirates right hander has a 3.73 ERA to go along with a 5-3 record this season.

Kuhl managed to defeat the Brewers on Wednesday as he yielded just one run and five hits in six innings at Milwaukee. The 24-year-old native of Delaware has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his nine outings since a no-decision against Chicago on July 9 in which he surrendered four runs and seven hits over 2 1/3 frames. Kuhl lost his other career start versus the Cubs on Aug. 30, when he gave up three runs and four hits in five innings at Wrigley Field.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Cubs listed as 161-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 7.5.

The Chicago Cubs already have wrapped up the National League Central and home-field advantage through the Championship Series but will have one other achievement in their sights when they visit the division-rival Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday for the opener of their four-game series. Chicago is looking to reach the 100-win plateau for the first time since 1935 after recording its 99th of the year with a 3-1 triumph over St. Louis on Sunday in its final home game of the regular season.

Ben Zobrist had his three-game RBI streak halted but has hit safely in four straight contests, going 8-for-13 in that span. While the Cubs have nothing to play for in terms of the postseason, the Pirates are clinging to the hopes of capturing a wild card for the fourth year in a row. It will take some doing, however, as Pittsburgh trails San Francisco by 4 1/2 games for the second spot with only seven contests remaining. The Pirates’ chances took a big hit over the weekend as they were outscored 16-8 in back-to-back defeats against Washington, giving them five losses in their last six home games.

The Pirates were a 10-7 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nationals. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at 140 on the moneyline, while the total score (17) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-1 winner as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at -157 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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Chicago:
Team record: 99-56 SU
Chi Cubs is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Chi Cubs is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Chi Cubs is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road

Pittsburgh:
Team record: 77-78 SU
Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Chicago at Pittsburgh Tuesday, September 27

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

KEY NOTES:

1. The Cubs are 12-3 versus the Pirates this season but have lost two of their last three in Pittsburgh.

2. Chicago LHP Rob Zastryzny will make his first career start in the series finale Thursday.

3. Pittsburgh CF Andrew McCutchen, who is riding a 13-game hitting streak, became the 19th player in franchise history with at least 1,300 hits Sunday.

Chicago Cubs will win outright at -161 and the game will go over 7.5 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Cubs 8, Pirates 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
CHC TEAM PIT
4.95 RUNS 4.56
3.40 RUNS AGNST 4.61
1.55 DIFF -0.05
$358 MONEY -$1,001
3.09 TEAM ERA 4.14
8.70 OFF HITS 8.85
4.02 OFF WALKS 3.49
8.28 OFF Ks 8.18
6.90 DEF HITS 9.19
3.05 DEF WALKS 3.26
8.94 DEF Ks 7.63
BULLPENS
Chicago Cubs’s relievers have pitched 11 innings in the last 3 games. Pittsburgh Pirates’s relievers have pitched 17 innings in the last 3 games
INJURIES
CHICAGO CUBS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Pedro Strop P 15-Day Disabled List
Dallas Beeler P 15-Day Disabled List
Aaron Brooks P 15-Day Disabled List
Zac Rosscup P 60-Day Disabled List
Kyle Schwarber OF 15-Day Disabled List
Christian Villanueva 3B 60-Day Disabled List
Chris Coghlan OF 15-Day Disabled List
Joe Smith P 15-Day Disabled List
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Chris Stewart C 15-Day Disabled List
Hung Ho Kang 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Gerrit Cole P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
CHICAGO CUBS
Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 14-3 SU in their last 17 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 3-14 SU in their last 17 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 2-8 SU in their last 10 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 5.0 2 4.6 9
Chi Cubs’s Away Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Home Defense 5.1 2 4.7 11
Chi Cubs’s Road ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Home ERA Allowed 3.5 1 4.3 6
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.6 6 3.4 1
Pittsburgh’s Home Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Road Defense 4.5 6 3.8 2
Pittsburgh’s Home ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Road ERA Allowed 4.1 10 4.6 2
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
CUBS
Cubs are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.7 runs per game.
Cubs have the second worst hits stat in the league at 8.1 per game.
Cubs give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.3 per game.
PIRATES
Pirates are third worst in the league in times striking out with 8.2 per game.
Pirates have the second stingiest defence in the league at 3.6 runs per game.
Pirates are second best in the league in giving up hits, allowing 8.0 per game.
Pirates are third in the league in striking out opponents with 7.8 per game.

 

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