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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction and Betting Odds

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction and Betting Odds. The 58-47 Chicago Cubs are set to take on the 61-44 Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania today August 4, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 7:05 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Cubs +105 / Pirates -125
O/U: 7.5 runs

Pitching Match Up
Chicago: Dan Haren (7-7, 3.42 ERA)
Pittsburgh: Jeff Locke (6-6, 4.21 ERA)

In their last games: In Game 1 of this 2 game series yesterday the Cubs beat the Pirates 5-0.

The Cubs go into Pittsburgh for the 2nd game of a 2 game series. The 7-7 Dan Haren goes for the Cubs and the 6-6 Jake Locke goes for the Pirates. The Pirates open at -125 with a line sitting at 7.5 runs. The Cubs are red hot winners of 6 straight games and they are in 3rd place in the NL Central 8.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals. They have the 5th best team ERA in the Majors while they only rank 23rd in runs scored. The Pirates have lost 2 of their last 3 games and they are in 3rd place in the NL Central 5.5 games back of St. Louis. They rank 16th in runs scored and 2nd in team ERA, If the season were to end today the Pirates and Cubs would make the playoffs as the 2 Wild Card teams.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Pirates are 15-6 in their last 21 home games against the Cubs.

In the last 7 games between these 2 teams in Pittsburgh the Over record is 5-1-1.

This season the Pirates are 35-18 at home and the Cubs are 31-23 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Chicago Cubs: 58-47 SU / O/U 40-57 / Run Line W/L 48-57
Pittsburgh Pirates: 61-44 SU / O/U 45-50 / Run Line W/L 44-61

Chicago at Pittsburgh Key Betting Trends

• CHI is 6-0 in their last 6 overall.
• CHI is 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
• CHI has an Under record of 5-0-1 in their last 6 games.
• PITT is 66-31 in their last 97 home games.
• PITT is 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
• PITT has an Over record of 6-2 in their last 8 home games.

Key Player Injuries

CUBS
[P] 07/29/2015 – Neil Ramirez 15-day DL (7/29) ( Abdominal )
[C] 07/17/2015 – Miguel Montero 15-day DL (7/12) ( Thumb )
[P] 06/29/2015 – Tsuyoshi Wada 15-day DL (6/23) ( Shoulder )
[2B] 04/15/2015 – Tommy La Stella 60-day DL (4/9) ( Ribs )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Jacob Turner 60-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )

PIRATES
[SS] 07/20/2015 – Jordy Mercer 15-day DL (7/20) ( Knee )
[CF] 07/19/2015 – Gorkys Hernandez 15-day DL (7/13) ( Shoulder )
[3B] 07/06/2015 – Josh Harrison 15-day DL (7/6) ( Thumb )
[P] 08/01/2015 – A.J. Burnett 15-day DL (7/31) ( Elbow )
[RF] 06/24/2015 – Corey Hart 60-day DL (6/22) ( Shoulder )
[LF] 05/07/2015 – Andrew Lambo 60-day DL (5/4) ( Plantar Fasciitis )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Brandon Cumpton 60-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )

Free MLB Pick

Dan Haren makes his debut for the Cubs tonight after coming over in a trade with the Miami Marlins and in his last start he gave up 1 earned run in 6 innings in a 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals. In his last 4 starts facing Pittsburgh he is 0-3 with an ERA of 7.15. Jeff Locke gave up 3 earned runs in 5 innings in his last start, which was a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates have won their last 2 games when he has gotten the call. The Pirates are 11-5 in Locke’s last 16 starts as a home favorite. Pittsburgh has only won 2 of their last 8 games facing the Cubs when Locke has gotten the start.

I think Haren will have a good outing tonight and the Cubs will remain hot and with their 7th in a row.

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