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

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PITTSBURGH PIRATES CHICAGO CUBS
40-47, 4th in National League Central July 8, 7:15 PM | Grass of Wrigley Field 43-43, 2nd in National League Central
Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:15 PM ET, Saturday, July 8, 2017
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, Fox
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Ivan Nova (8-6, 3.24 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Jake Arrieta (8-6, 4.33)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Pittsburgh Pirates [I. Nova -R] +1½ -135 +169 Ov 8 -120
Chicago Cubs [J. Arrieta -R ] -1½ +115 -179 Un 8 +100
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Wrigley Field.

Nova has failed to record quality starts in his last three outings after doing so in seven of his previous eight starts. The 30-year-old took the loss at Philadelphia on Monday, allowing four runs and seven hits over six innings in a 4-0 defeat. Nova beat the Cubs on June 17 in Pittsburgh, limiting them to three runs and six hits in seven frames.

Arrieta turned in his best outing of the season Sunday at Cincinnati, holding the Reds to one hits over seven scoreless innings. The question is whether the 31-year-old can do it again – he’s had consecutive quality starts only twice this season. Arrieta is 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA in five home starts.

Oddsmakers currently have the Mariners listed as 160-moneyline favorites versus the Athletics, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.

Once dominant against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jake Arrieta has struggled against the Bucs the past two seasons. The 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner hopes to revert to his previous form when the Chicago Cubs host the Pirates for the second of a three-game series Saturday.

The Cubs won the series opener 6-1 to climb back to .500 for the 20th time this season, but they haven’t won consecutive games since taking three straight from June 18-20. To change that, Chicago needs a strong outing from Arrieta after starter Eddie Butler lasted only four innings Friday. Arrieta’s career numbers against the Pirates remain impressive, but after going 9-1 with a 1.46 ERA in the first 12 meetings, he is 0-3 with a 7.81 ERA in his past five starts against Pittsburgh. Friday’s loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Pirates, who tied their season-high with three errors and had a streak of 13 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen come to an end.

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MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, who was 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs on Friday, is a career .384 hitter with 15 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, and 34 RBIs in 44 games against the Pirates.

2. Pirates OF Gregory Polanco is 12-for-28 during a seven-game hitting streak.

3. Chicago 1B Anthony Rizzo has hit 22 home runs against the Pirates, tied with Cincinnati for his most against any team.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Chicago Cubs will win outright at -179 and the game will go under 8 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Cubs 5, Pirates 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
PIT TEAM CHC
4.14 RUNS 4.58
4.57 RUNS AGNST 4.43
-0.44 DIFF 0.15
-$569 MONEY -$1,786
4.24 TEAM ERA 4.02
8.15 OFF HITS 8.06
3.45 OFF WALKS 3.84
7.33 OFF Ks 8.49
9.31 DEF HITS 8.06
2.82 DEF WALKS 3.49
7.41 DEF Ks 8.74
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 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 4-10 SU in their last 14 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
CHICAGO CUBS
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Chi Cubs’s last 20 games
Chi Cubs are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.1 12 4.4 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 4.1 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 4.3 5
Chi Cubs’s Home ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Road ERA Allowed 4.0 6 4.1 7
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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