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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (33-33) at Chicago Cubs (44-20)

MLB Baseball: Friday, June 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

F Liriano (4-6) (4.79) vs. J Arrieta (10-1) (1.86)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -250 / Pittsburgh Pirates +230 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh

Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs await a visit from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been mired in a two+ week slide and it has dropped them to third in the National League Central. The slide continued with a 6-4 loss at Citi Field Thursday night with Pirates starter Juan Nicasio getting the loss with all six runs plated on seven hits including three long balls over 4.1 frames. The Buccos totaled ten hits with Andrew McCutchen and Matt Joyce slamming solo homers. The Pirates open the series on the mound with left hander Francisco Liriano. Liriano comes off of a 4-1 loss to the Cardinals with all four runs allowed over six innings but only one was earned.

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs have been the best team in baseball and are trying to pull away from the rest of the National League Central. The Cubs look to get back in the win column after Wednesday’s 5-4, 12 inning defeat at Washington. Cubbies starter Jason Hammel held the dangerous Nationals to a run through seven innings before Trevor Cahill blew a 4-3 lead in the 12th with two runs allowed to fall to 0-2. Chicago totaled eleven hits and three walks with Anthony Rizzo cracking a two run homer while Ben Zobrist went solo. The Cubs open the series on the hill with 10-1 Jake Arrieta who picked up an 8-2 win at Atlanta last time out with both runs given up in seven frames.

The over is 15-5-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 21 Friday games and the Pirates  are 40-17 in their last 57 Friday games. The under is 10-1 in the Cubs last 11 home games and the Cubs  are 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games while Chicago  are 47-18 in their last 65 home games. Pittsburgh are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings and the under  is 6-2-1 in Arrieta’s last 9 starts versus the Pirates. Just going with the team that’s playing better…

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Chicago Cubs -1.5

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