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

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CHICAGO CUBS PITTSBURGH PIRATES
76-63, 1st in National League Central September 7, 7:05 PM | Grass of PNC Park 67-73, 4th in National League Central
Chi. Cubs at Pittsburgh, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:05 PM ET, Thursday, September 7, 2017
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, CSN Chicago, ATT SportsNet Pittsburgh
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jon Lester (9-7, 4.46 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Jameson Taillon (7-5, 4.50)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Chicago Cubs [J. Lester -L] -1½ +125 -130 Ov 8 +100
Pittsburgh Pirates [J. Taillon -R] +1½ -145 +120 Un 8 -120
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The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at PNC Park.

Jon Lester will be the starting pitcher for the Cubs on this day. Left hander Lester is 9-7 this season with a 4.46 ERA.

Starting this game for the Pirates will be Jameson Taillon. The right hander has a 4.50 ERA to go along with a 7-5 record this season.

Lester wasn’t at his sharpest in his return from the disabled list Friday, but he still earned the win against Atlanta. The 33-year-old allowed four runs and eight hits over five innings in his first start since Aug. 17. Lester is 4-5 with a 3.39 ERA in 11 starts against the Pirates, including 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA in three meetings this season.

Taillon has not received a decision in his last four starts. The 25-year-old was sharp last time out, though, holding Cincinnati to three hits over six scoreless frames for his first quality start in his last four outings. Taillon is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA in four starts against Chicago.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 130-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.

The Chicago Cubs have hit a bit of an offensive slump, but they’ve managed to preserve their National League Central lead. The Cubs hope to get the bats going and add to their cushion in the division when they wrap up a four-game road series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

Chicago has scored only five runs in its past four contests, but the Cubs snapped a three-game skid with a 1-0 win Wednesday. Despite the losing streak, the Cubs have maintained a four-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. Chicago has six games remaining against the Brewers and seven against the Cardinals after wrapping up the season series against Pittsburgh. The series is tied 9-9, and late-inning drama has marked the past two games, as the Pirates scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday and Chicago plated the only run of the night in the top of the ninth Wednesday.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Cubs on September 06. Bettors who backed the Cubs at -126 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Chicago was a 1-0 winner on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on Chicago at -126 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

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Chicago:
Team record: 76-63 SU
Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Chi Cubs is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games

Pittsburgh:
Team record: 67-73 SU
Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games

Next up:
Chicago home to Milwaukee Friday, September 8
Pittsburgh at St. Louis Friday, September 8

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo is 6-for-11 with a double and two homers against Taillon, and INF Javier Baez is 5-for-7 with two doubles and a homer against him.

2. Pirates 3B David Freese is 10-for-21 during a six-game hitting streak

3. Chicago RH Wade Davis converted his 29th save in as many chances Wednesday, extending his franchise record.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Chicago Cubs will win outright at -130 and the game will go over 8 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

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

SMART CHART
CHC TEAM PIT
5.01 RUNS 4.19
4.42 RUNS AGNST 4.58
0.59 DIFF -0.39
-$1,952 MONEY -$455
4.03 TEAM ERA 4.27
8.60 OFF HITS 8.29
3.79 OFF WALKS 3.28
8.60 OFF Ks 7.33
7.99 DEF HITS 9.21
3.42 DEF WALKS 3.02
8.72 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
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games
Chi Cubs are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games
Chi Cubs are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs’s last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Chi Cubs’s last 19 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs15-7-1 SU in their last 23 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
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 UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 11 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 7-15-1 SU in their last 23 games ,when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Pittsburgh’s last 19 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 5.0 3 4.6 7
Chi Cubs’s Away Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Home Defense 4.8 6 4.5 7
Chi Cubs’s Road ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Home ERA Allowed 3.9 4 3.7 13
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.2 12 4.4 5
Pittsburgh’s Home Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Road Defense 4.0 13 4.2 4
Pittsburgh’s Home ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Road ERA Allowed 4.1 8 4.5 4
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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