Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, MLB Baseball Odds, Las Vegas Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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32-33, 2nd in National League Central June 16, 7:05 PM | Grass of PNC Park 30-36, 4th in National League Central
Chi. Cubs at Pittsburgh, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:05 PM ET, Friday, June 16, 2017
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), ROOT Pittsburgh
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Eddie Butler (3-2, 4.03 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Trevor Williams (3-3, 5.13)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Chicago Cubs [E. Butler -R] -1½ +135 -113 Ov 9½ -113
Pittsburgh Pirates [T. Williams -R] +1½ -155 +103 Un 9½ -107
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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Friday when the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet at PNC Park.

Eddie Butler will be the starting pitcher for the Cubs on this day. Right hander Butler is 3-2 this season with a 4.03 ERA.

The Pirates will counter Butler with Trevor Williams. Right hander Williams has a 5.13 ERA to go along with a 3-3 record this season.

Butler threw six scoreless innings in his Cubs debut on May 12 at St. Louis, but he hasn’t posted another quality start in five outings since. The 26-year-old gave up three runs and six hits over five innings in a loss to Colorado on Saturday. Butler made one start and one relief appearance against the Pirates last season, going 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 8 1/3 innings.

Williams had put together back-to-back quality starts before he was dinged for five runs and six hits over four innings Saturday in a no-decision against Miami. The 25-year-old has allowed just one run in three of his seven starts, but he hasn’t been able to consistently produce those results. Williams made two relief appearances against the Cubs earlier this season, going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in five innings.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 113-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

It has been seven weeks since the Chicago Cubs won a series on the road, and they return to the site where they last did so when they begin a three-game set against the host Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. The Pirates have won four of six meetings this season, but Chicago took two of three in Pittsburgh from April 24-26.

Despite a disappointing start that leaves them one game below .500, the Cubs have never fallen more than three games back in the National League Central. “I know we have a nice run in us and it’s forthcoming,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters. “It’s going to be a combination of our starters getting more deep in games more consistently and our offense getting back to its normal methods. There’s nothing to tell me that’s not going to happen.” Chicago won five straight to begin its last homestand earlier this month but has dropped six of eight since. The Pirates also have been streaky of late, following a four-game skid with a four-game winning streak before dropping the finale of a three-game set against Colorado on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh was a 5-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Rockies. They lost as -105 underdogs, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 9-4 result against the Mets on June 14. Bettors who backed the Mets at 112 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (13) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Team record: 32-33 SU
Chi Cubs is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Chi Cubs is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Chi Cubs is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games on the road

Team record: 30-36 SU
Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Chicago at Pittsburgh Saturday, June 17


1. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo is 12-for-31 with three homers during a nine-game hitting streak and has homered leading off each of the past two games.

2. Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen is 11-for-23 with two home runs during a six-game hitting streak, raising his average 24 points over that stretch.

3. Chicago has hit 13 home runs in the past four games but is just 2-2 over that span.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Chicago Cubs will win outright at -113 and the game will go over 9½ runs according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: Cubs 7, Pirates 5 at bovada-logo-top-book.

4.68 RUNS 4.23
4.63 RUNS AGNST 4.73
0.05 DIFF -0.50
-$1,641 MONEY -$443
4.18 TEAM ERA 4.35
7.98 OFF HITS 8.48
4.00 OFF WALKS 3.48
8.62 OFF Ks 7.36
8.31 DEF HITS 9.48
3.43 DEF WALKS 2.77
9.12 DEF Ks 7.30
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 2-6 SU in their last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs’s last 14 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 1-10 SU in their last 11 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 2-5-1 SU in their last 8 games ,when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Chi Cubs’s last 17 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Chi Cubs’s last 13 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs12-4-1 SU in their last 17 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Pittsburgh’s last 17 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 8-16-1 SU in their last 25 games ,when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Pittsburgh’s last 13 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 4-12-1 SU in their last 17 games ,when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 4.7 9 4.7 8
Chi Cubs’s Away Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Home Defense 4.4 9 4.9 9
Chi Cubs’s Road ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Home ERA Allowed 4.2 5 3.3 14
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.2 11 4.6 6
Pittsburgh’s Home Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Road Defense 3.8 13 4.7 6
Pittsburgh’s Home ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Road ERA Allowed 4.3 8 4.1 8
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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