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

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PITTSBURGH PIRATES CHICAGO CUBS
40-46, 4th in National League Central July 7, 2:20 PM | Grass of Wrigley Field 42-43, 2nd in National League Central
Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 2:20 PM ET, Friday, July 7, 2017
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, MLB Network, ROOT Pittsbugh, CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Trevor Williams (3-3, 4.67 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Eddie Butler (4-3, 4.18)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Pittsburgh Pirates [T. Williams -R] +1½ -170 +127 Ov 9 +100
Chicago Cubs [E. Butler -R] -1½ +150 -137 Un 9 -120
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs will meet on the field at Wrigley Field on Friday in a battle of division rivals.

The Pirates will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander Trevor Williams in this game. Williams has a 3-3 record and a 4.67 ERA this season.

Williams’s opponent in this one will be Eddie Butler. The Cubs right hander has a 4.18 ERA to go along with a 4-3 record this season.

Williams has not factored in the decision in any of his last five outings, and the Pirates have lost the last four contests he has started. The 25-year-old has pitched well enough to win over that stretch, recording three straight quality starts. Williams has made one start and two relief appearances against the Cubs – all this season – and is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 innings.

Butler fell apart in the fourth inning of his start at Cincinnati on Saturday and was charged with four runs and five hits in 3 2/3 frames. The 26-year-old has issued three or more walks in three of his last four turns and six of 10 outings this season. Butler is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) against the Pirates, including a no-decision at Pittsburgh on June 16.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 137-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.

The Chicago Cubs are counting on a big second half, and they need to gain some positive momentum with a strong performance in their final series before the All-Star break. The Cubs host the Pittsburgh Pirates for their final three games before the break, beginning with Friday’s series opener.

Chicago can’t wait to get back on the field after an ugly showing in an 11-2 loss to National League Central-leading Milwaukee on Thursday. “That game goes in the trash can as quickly as any game we’ve ever played,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters. “We just didn’t pitch well early, and it’s very difficult to fight back from that moment.” Inconsistent starting pitching has been a concern all season for the Cubs, who hope Eddie Butler can give them another solid outing at home after going 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA in five starts there this season. The streaky Pirates have won three straight following a four-game skid and are seven games behind the Brewers and 2 1/2 in back of the Cubs.

In their last action, Chicago was a 11-2 loser on the road against the Brewers. Bettors on Milwaukee at 156 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (13) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

The Pirates were a 6-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -111 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for PUSH bettors.

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Pittsburgh:
Team record: 40-46 SU
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 14-5 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road

Chicago:
Team record: 42-43 SU
Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Chi Cubs’s last 19 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Chicago Saturday, July 8

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo has reached base safely in 26 of his last 28 starts.

2. Pirates OF Gregory Polanco went 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs on Thursday and is 11-for-24 during his six-game hitting streak.

3. The Cubs are 21-15 against the NL Central and 21-28 versus non-division opponents.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Chicago Cubs will win outright at -137 and the game will go over 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

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

SMART CHART
PIT TEAM CHC
4.17 RUNS 4.56
4.56 RUNS AGNST 4.47
-0.38 DIFF 0.09
-$469 MONEY -$1,886
4.22 TEAM ERA 4.07
8.17 OFF HITS 8.04
3.42 OFF WALKS 3.82
7.35 OFF Ks 8.53
9.30 DEF HITS 8.08
2.79 DEF WALKS 3.46
7.44 DEF Ks 8.78
INJURIES
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
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
BETTING TRENDS
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 4-9 SU in their last 13 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
CHICAGO CUBS
Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Chi Cubs’s last 19 games
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.2 12 4.5 4
Pittsburgh’s Away Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Home Defense 4.6 8 4.5 6
Pittsburgh’s Road ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Home ERA Allowed 4.0 6 4.4 7
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 4.6 9 4.6 7
Chi Cubs’s Home Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Road Defense 4.8 7 4.2 5
Chi Cubs’s Home ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Road ERA Allowed 4.1 6 4.2 6
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
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.
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.

 

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