Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, MLB Baseball Odds, Las Vegas Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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101-57, 1st in National League Central September 29, 7:05 PM | Grass of PNC Park 78-80, 3rd in National League Central

When: 7:05 PM ET, Thursday, September 29, 2016
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Rotation /Team /Time Opening Lines
09/29 7:05 PM
953 cubsChi. Cubs
954 piratesPittsburgh
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH rob-zastryznyRob Zastryzny (1-0, 1.46 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Ivan NovaIvan Nova (12-8, 4.25)
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – Thursday, September 29th – NATIONAL LEAGUE, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates.

Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book. Spread/Run Line Money Line Total
cubsChicago Cubs [R Zastryzny – L]  +1.5 -215 -105 8.5 -110
piratesPittsburgh Pirates [I Nova – R]  -1.5 +190 -105 8.5 -110
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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 Thursday.

Left hander Rob Zastryzny will take the mound for the Cubs to start this game. Zastryzny is 1-0 this season with a 1.46 ERA.

Zastryzny has worked exclusively out of the bullpen since being called up and has been very effective, recording 13 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old has been a starter for most of his minor-league career and went 10-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) between Double-A and Triple-A this season. Zastryzny earned his first big-league win with an inning of relief against the Pirates on Aug. 29.

The Pirates will counter Zastryzny with Ivan Nova. Right hander Nova has a 4.19 ERA to go along with a 12-8 record this season.

Nova was 5-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his first eight starts for Pittsburgh after being acquired from the New York Yankees, but he has struggled in his last two starts. The 29-year-old has allowed 11 runs – nine earned – over seven innings in consecutive losses. Nova never has faced the Cubs.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Cubs listed as 105-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.

The final week of the regular season has felt a lot like spring training for the Chicago Cubs, who are trying to balance rest versus rust to keep their key players both fresh and sharp for the upcoming playoffs. Already assured of the majors’ best record, the Cubs used 19 players in Wednesday’s 8-4 loss to the host Pittsburgh Pirates and likely will do more of the same in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday.

Chicago is 14-4 against the Pirates this season, but it managed only one hit through six innings Wednesday. It was only the second loss in the last nine games for the Cubs, whose 101 wins mark the franchise’s most since it registered 104 in 1910. Officially eliminated from postseason contention, the Pirates have only thing left for which to play – avoiding a losing season. Pittsburgh needs to win three of its last four games to finish at .500 and would have to win all four to wind up with a winning record.

The Pirates were a 8-4 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Cubs. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at 156 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 8-4 result against the Pirates on September 28. Bettors who backed the Pirates at 156 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (12) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Team record: 101-57 SU
Chi Cubs is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Chi Cubs is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games

Team record: 78-80 SU
Pittsburgh is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games

Next up:
Chicago at Cincinnati Friday, September 30
Pittsburgh at St. Louis Friday, September 30.


1. Chicago CF Dexter Fowler went 0-for-3 on Wednesday and remains two hits shy of 1,000 for his career.

2. Pirates 1B John Jaso was 6-for-42 with 13 strikeouts against the Cubs this season before hitting for the cycle on Wednesday.

3. Cubs OF Chris Coghlan left Wednesday’s game with a mild left ankle sprain after crashing into the left-field wall while attempting to make a catch.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Pittsburgh Pirates will win outright at -105 and the game will go over 8.5 runs according to

PREDICTION: Pirates 6, Cubs 4 at bovada-logo-top-book.

4.99 RUNS 4.56
3.42 RUNS AGNST 4.66
1.57 DIFF -0.09
$392 MONEY -$1,045
3.12 TEAM ERA 4.15
8.72 OFF HITS 8.87
4.05 OFF WALKS 3.49
8.28 OFF Ks 8.20
6.96 DEF HITS 9.20
3.06 DEF WALKS 3.30
8.94 DEF Ks 7.65
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
Chris Stewart C 15-Day Disabled List
Hung Ho Kang 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Gerrit Cole P 15-Day Disabled List
Chi Cubs are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games
Chi Cubs are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chi Cubs’s last 10 games when playing Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 6-1 SU in their last 7 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 10-3 SU in their last 13 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh’s last 10 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 3-10 SU in their last 13 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 5.0 2 4.7 9
Chi Cubs’s Away Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Home Defense 5.2 2 4.8 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
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 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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