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Cubs vs. Pirates ATS Picks

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Picks

It is a matchup of National League Central rivals on Saturday night on FOX, as the Chicago Cubs visit the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs have looked nothing like defending World Series champs, as they are struggling just to stay above .500. The good news for Chicago is that the entire NL Central is weak, with all five teams struggling, including the Pirates who have a losing record. The probable pitching matchup for Saturday night has Jake Arrieta going against Ivan Nova.

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Date and Time: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: PNC Park
MLB Odds
Cubs vs. Pirates TV Coverage: FOX

The Cubs were 12-17 in their first 29 road games, with 14 games going over the total, 14 going under, with one push. They are scoring 4.7 runs per game and giving up 4.1 per contest.

The Pirates were 18-15 in their first 33 home games, with 16 games going over, 12 going under the total, with five pushes. They are scoring 4.3 runs per game and giving up 4.3 per contest.

Probable Pitching Matchup

Arrieta is 6-4 on the season but his ERA is 4.68. He has been a little better of late, with a 1-0 record in his last three starts, with a 3.86 ERA. Arrieta has not looked like the pitcher he was a year ago, as his velocity is down. He faced the Pirates earlier this season at home in a game the Pirates won by a score of 8-7.

Nova has been really good for Pittsburgh this season, as he is 6-4 with a 2.83 ERA. He gave up no runs in six innings last time out against the Marlins. He is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in his last three starts. He faced the Cubs once last season and pitched well, allowing just one run.

Key Stat

This is already the third series between the teams this season. They played in Chicago in mid-April with the Pirates winning all three games. They played in Pittsburgh in late April and the Cubs took two of three. The Cubs have won five of the last ten in Pittsburgh, with 8 of the last 10 going over the total.

Cubs vs. Pirates Free Picks

I am not sold that Arrieta is going to turn the corner this season, while Nova has been really good for the Pirates. I will take Pittsburgh to win this game on Saturday night. Make sure to check back for odds at BetDSI.

Cubs vs. Pirates ATS Pick: Go with the Pirates at BetDSI

Cubs vs. Pirates Score Prediction: Pirates 5, Cubs 3