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

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41-47, 4th in National League Central July 9, 1:10 PM | Grass of Wrigley Field 43-44, 2nd in National League Central
Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 1:10 PM ET, Sunday, July 9, 2017
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, TBS, ROOT Pittsburgh, WGN (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Jameson Taillon (5-2, 2.73 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jon Lester (5-5, 3.94)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Pittsburgh Pirates [J. Taillon -R] +1½ -150 +149  Ov 9 +100
Chicago Cubs [J. Lester -L] -1½ +130 -159  Un 9 -120
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Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Sunday when the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs meet at Wrigley Field.

Right hander Jameson Taillon will take the mound for the Pirates to start this game. Taillon is 5-2 this season with a 2.73 ERA.

The Cubs will counter Taillon with Jon Lester. Left hander Lester has a 3.94 ERA to go along with a 5-5 record this season.

Taillon is 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA in five starts since returning from the disabled list on June 12. The 25-year-old recorded a career-high nine strikeouts Tuesday at Philadelphia, allowing four hits and two walks over five innings in his second straight scoreless outing. Taillon has split two starts against the Cubs this season and is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA in four career meetings.

Lester was tagged for six runs (five earned) Tuesday against Tampa Bay, matching his highest total of the season and marking his highest at home since 2015. The 33-year-old had recorded four straight quality starts prior to the rocky outing. Lester is 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 10 turns against the Pirates.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 159-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is aitting at 9.

The All-Star break will provide a welcome reset for the Chicago Cubs, who have had a tough time gaining traction in their World Series defense. The Cubs hope to end a frustrating first half on a high note when they host the Pittsburgh Pirates for the rubber match of a three-game series Sunday.

The Pirates rallied for a 4-2 win Saturday behind a go-ahead two-run homer from Gregory Polanco, evening the series at a game apiece and improving to 4-1 at Wrigley Field this season. Pittsburgh is 4-2 on its current road trip and has gone 15-12 over the past month. The Cubs have alternated wins and losses over their last seven contests and haven’t won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak from June 18-20. Chicago hasn’t won a series since taking two of three from visiting San Diego from June 19-21.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Pirates on July 08. Bettors who backed the Pirates at 176 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Pittsburgh was a 4-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Cubs. They won as +176 underdogs, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors.

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Team record: 41-47 SU
Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games

Team record: 43-44 SU
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Chi Cubs’s last 21 games
Chi Cubs is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games at home
Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to St. Louis Friday, July 14
Chicago at Baltimore Friday, July 14


1. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (6-for-11, two homers) and INF Javier Baez (5-for-7 with a home run) have enjoyed success against Taillon.

2. Pirates OF Gregory Polanco is 13-for-31 during an eight-game hitting streak and has six home runs against the Cubs – his most against any team.

3. Chicago OF/2B Ian Happ hit his 13th home run Saturday in his 50th major-league game, tying Kyle Schwarber for the most by a Cubs player in his first 50 games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Pittsburgh Pirates will win outright at +149 and the game will stay under 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Pirates 4, Cubs 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

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
Chris Stewart C 15-Day Disabled List
Hung Ho Kang 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Gerrit Cole P 15-Day Disabled List
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 is 3-5-1 SU in its last 9 games ,
Pittsburgh is 1-3-1 SU in their last 5 games ,when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 4-10-1 SU in their last 15 games ,when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs are 2-3-1 SU in their last 6 games ,at home
Chi Cubs are 1-3-1 SU in their last 5 games ,when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs10-4-1 SU in their last 15 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.1 12 4.4 3
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 10 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 5 4.1 8
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 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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