Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free MLB Picks

May 27, 2012


Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Sunday when the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet at PNC Park.
The Cubs will give the ball to starter Matt Garza in this one. Righthander Garza is 2-2 this season with a 3.72 ERA.
It’ll be Erik Bedard toeing the rubber for the Pirates in this contest. Lefthander Bedard is 2-5 with a 3.52 ERA so far this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 115-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 6½.
Chicago was a 3-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Pirates. They lost as +112 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.
Current streak:
Chicago has lost 11 straight games.
Pittsburgh has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 15-31 SU
Pittsburgh: 22-24 SU

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing San Diego are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a loss are 0-10

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs’s last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games at home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Chi Cubs home to San Diego, Monday, May 28
Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Monday, May 28

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