Chicago Cubs versus Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball Betting Preview

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The Major League Baseball playoffs continue on Wednesday October 7th with the NL Wildcard game. The Pittsburgh Pirates will be host to the Chicago Cubs at 8PM Eastern Time over on TBS TV.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Chicago Cubs the -130 wagering odds favorite with the return on the home underdog Pittsburgh Pirates at +120 odds. The run total is lined at 5 ½ runs. Those who play on the Chicago Cubs on the run line and lays the -1 ½ runs will get back +135 odds. Bettors who take the +1 ½ run head start with the Pittsburgh Pirates will have to lay -155 odds for their run line wager

The pitching matchup in this one game playoff is a good one. The Cubs will send right hander Jake Arrieta to the mound to oppose Pirates right hander Gerrit Cole. Arrieta has a 22-8 record and is the only pitcher in Major League Baseball this year to win at least 20 games. He has allowed no earned runs over his past two starts logging in 13 innings. One of those games came against Pittsburgh on September 27th as he shut out the Pirates on one hit over seven innings of work. Cole enters play with a mark of 19-8. He has an ERA of 2.60 and has won his last three decisions. One of those wins came on September 25th at home to the Chicago Cubs where Cole gave up just one earned run and four hits over seven innings in a road victory. The Pirates are 5-0 in Cole’s past five starts. Pittsburgh ranks second in Major League Baseball in Team ERA at 3.23 for the season. They rank in the top ten of baseball with a .260 team batting average. The Cubs rank at or near the top in many pitching categories. Their weakness has come at the plate where they have a team batting average of .244 which ranks 29th and second to last in the league.

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