Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Odds
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Two teams going in opposite directions meet Saturday night when the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs visit the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates for the third of a four-game set. The Cubs notched a second straight 1-0 triumph in the series Friday night for a seventh victory in 10 contests, extending their lead in the division to 4 1/2 games over the Milwaukee Brewers, while Pittsburgh lost its fifth straight.
Kyle Schwarber launched his 21st homer of the season for the only run Friday and Chicago matched a major league record with seven double plays, including one to end the game with a pair of runners on base. Tyler Chatwood will try to spin another pitching gem for the Cubs in the series when he takes to mound Saturday against snake-bit righty Joe Musgrove of the Pirates.
Pittsburgh put together an 11-game winning streak that straddled the All-Star break to put itself in the playoff race, but has lost 13 of the last 21 contests to fall 11 games out in the division and 6 1/2 back of the second NL wild card. Starling Marte had two of the Pirates’ seven hits in Friday’s setback and has hit safely in four straight.
Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Starting Pitchers Report
Cubs RH Tyler Chatwood (4-5, 5.06 ERA): Chatwood will be summoned from the bullpen corps to replace scheduled starter Mike Montgomery, who went on the disabled list Friday with left shoulder inflammation. The 28-year-old Californian makes his 20th start of the season after permitting four runs on seven hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings across three relief appearances in August. Marte has a homer against Chatwood, who gave up five runs in six innings versus the Pirates this year.
Pirates RH Joe Musgrove (4-7, 3.49): Musgrove has recorded four straight quality starts, allowing just seven earned runs over 27 innings, but is just 1-3 during that stretch. The 25-year-old California native was beaten by Colorado (2-0) and the New York Mets (1-0) before yielding four runs (three earned) over six innings last Sunday in a loss at San Francisco. Jason Heyward is 2-for-5 against Musgrove, who held the Cubs to one run on seven hits over seven innings in a win May 30.
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Chicago Cubs Betting Odds Trends
|Chi Cubs is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games|
|Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games|
|Chi Cubs is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games on the road|
|Chi Cubs is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh|
|Chi Cubs is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh|
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Odds Trends
|Pittsburgh is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games|
|Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games|
|Pittsburgh is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home|
|Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|Pittsburgh is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs|
Chicago at Pittsburgh Sunday, August 19