The Cubs can clinch first playoff spot since 2008 with a win over the Pirates on Friday
The division rival Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs are set to battle on Friday when they meet at Wrigley Field. The Cubs can clinch a wild card spot with a win while the Cardials maintain a 4 1/2 game lead over the Pirates for the NL Central Championship with the loser getting the other NL wild card spot.
The Pirates will trot Gerrit Cole out to the mound in this one. Right hander Cole has a 17-8 record and a 2.69 ERA this season.
Starting this game for the Cubs will be Jon Lester. The left hander has a 3.46 ERA to go along with a 10-11 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs posted as 130-moneyline favorites against the Pirates and the total is sitting at 6 (Over -120).
Chicago was a 4-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Brewers. They lost as -220 favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.
Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Rockies on September 24. Bettors who backed the Pirates at -126 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Team record: 93-60
Current Streak: won 6 straight games.
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Pittsburgh’s last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Team record: 89-63
Chi Cubs is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Chi Cubs is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
Chi Cubs is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh at Chi Cubs Saturday, September 26