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(MLB) Chi Cubs vs. Pittsburgh,
04/08/2021 1:35 PM, Score: 4 - 2
Point Spread: 1.50 | -130.00
I'm playing PITTSBURGH on the run-line (+1.5 runs) I won with the Cubs when these same two starters opposed each other on 4/3. That was at Wrigley though, where I mentioned that Arrieta had a career 2.29 ERA. I felt that he'd be fired up for his first game back. This afternoon, it'll be the Pirates who are happy to "return home," as this will be their home opener. In what is likely going to be a long season, this is one game they can get fired up for. The Pirates have beaten the Cubs three straight times here and they're 7-3 the last 10 as a host. One of those Chicago victories came by just a run. In other words, the Pirates would be 8-2 the last 10 meetings here, if getting an extra +1.5 runs in each. As for Arrieta ... the last four times that Arrieta pitched here at Pittsburgh, while wearing a Cubs' uniform, Pittsburgh was a perfect 4-0. The Pirates won by scores of 12-0, 4-3, 8-4 and 8-4. Expect them to bounce back with AT LEAST a "run-line cover" in this one.