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

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CHICAGO CUBS PITTSBURGH PIRATES
75-61, 1st in National League Central September 4, 4:08 PM | Grass of PNC Park 65-72, 4th in National League Central
Chi. Cubs at Pittsburgh, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 4:05 PM ET, Monday, September 4, 2017
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, ESPN, ABC 7 (Chicago), ATT SportsNet-Pittsburgh
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Jake Arrieta (14-8, 3.36 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Chad Kuhl (6-10, 4.54)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Chicago Cubs [J. Arrieta -R] -1½ -115 -174 Ov 8½ -105
Pittsburgh Pirates [C. Kuhl -R] +1½ -105 +164 Un 8½ -115
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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Monday when the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet at PNC Park.

Arrieta is 6-1 with a 1.59 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break, and he has won his last four decisions. The 31-year-old beat the Pirates in his last outing, allowing two hits and two walks over six scoreless frames. Arrieta is 10-5 with a 3.02 ERA in 19 starts against the Pirates.

Kuhl has lost two straight starts and three of his last four. The 24-year-old Delaware native has failed to get through six innings in his last four outings, and he has issued three or more walks in three of those starts. Kuhl lost to the Cubs last time out and is 0-4 with an 11.07 ERA in six career meetings.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Cubs listed as 174-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.

The Chicago Cubs started a six-game winning streak by taking three games from the Pittsburgh Pirates last week, and they hope to start another one when they begin a four-game series Monday in Pittsburgh. Chicago had its winning streak snapped Sunday but leads the National League Central by 3 1/2 games over Milwaukee.

The Cubs are 32-16 since the All-Star break and have won 12 of their last 16. “It’s crunch time here and the race is heating up,” Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant told reporters. “It makes for fun baseball. I know everybody here shows up ready to go and focused. I don’t think there’s added pressure. It’s more fun because the games mean more.” The Cubs hope to continue hitting the ball hard against right-hander Chad Kuhl, who has had trouble with several Chicago hitters including Anthony Rizzo (6-for-12, HR), Jason Heyward (6-for-10, HR), and Ben Zobrist (4-for-6, 2 HRs). Chicago has beaten Kuhl twice this season and leads the season series 8-7.

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WALK-OFFS

1. The Pirates’ active roster is hitting a combined .218 against Arrieta, but 1B Josh Bell is 6-for-13 with two doubles and a homer.

2. Bryant went 0-for-3 with a walk Sunday and has reached base in 28 consecutive starts.

3. Heyward is 9-for-22 during a six-game hitting streak.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Chicago Cubs will win outright at -174 and the game will stay under 8½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Cubs 6, Pirates 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
CHC TEAM PIT
5.09 RUNS 4.17
4.40 RUNS AGNST 4.65
0.69 DIFF -0.48
-$1,720 MONEY -$667
3.99 TEAM ERA 4.33
8.66 OFF HITS 8.26
3.81 OFF WALKS 3.29
8.62 OFF Ks 7.31
7.95 DEF HITS 9.28
3.44 DEF WALKS 3.02
8.73 DEF Ks 7.71
INJURIES
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
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
BETTING TRENDS
CHICAGO CUBS
Chi Cubs are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
Chi Cubs are 17-7 SU in their last 24 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Chi Cubs’s last 16 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs14-5-1 SU in their last 20 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Pittsburgh’s last 16 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 5-14-1 SU in their last 20 games ,when playing at home against Chi Cubs
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 5.1 2 4.7 7
Chi Cubs’s Away Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Home Defense 4.9 4 4.6 9
Chi Cubs’s Road ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Home ERA Allowed 3.8 3 3.6 14
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.2 12 4.4 6
Pittsburgh’s Home Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Road Defense 3.9 13 4.1 3
Pittsburgh’s Home ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Road ERA Allowed 4.2 9 4.6 2
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
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.
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.

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