Free MLB Prediction: Cubs vs Pirates
Major League Baseball betting sees the Chicago Cubs taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday September 16 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.
Chicago Cubs (83-61) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (87-57)
Date: Wednesday September 16
Time: 7:05 PM
Venue: PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA
MLB Betting Lines: Chicago -135, Pittsburgh +125
MLB Betting Total: 7
Probable Pitchers: Cubs RH Jake Arrieta (19-6, 1.99 ERA) vs. Pirates RH A.J. Burnett (8-5, 3.14)
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This is a big series between teams that look destined to meet again in the NL Wild Card game.
Yesterday they split a doubleheader with Pittsburgh winning early and the Cubbies late.
The most likely scenario is that things finish exactly as they are in the NL Central: St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Chicago.
To have any chance of mixing that up the Cubs need to build off their win the second game of the doubleheader and they are have a great chance to do it with their ace on the mound today.
The Cubs have quietly put together a nicely balanced lineup. Kris Bryant may get the headlines but they have 7 players with 13 or more homes and 4 with double digit steals. A little bit of everything.
With the way that Jake Arrieta is throwing it is getting hard to keep coming up with superlatives.
It was definitely thought for most of the season that Zach Greinke was a lock for the Cy Young but now that Arrieta has a sub 2 ERA also (with more wins and Ks) that is not the case.
He has not given up more than 3 runs in a start since June and in half of those starts he not given up any runs at all. It has been an impressive run.
The Pirates have cut the lead in the Central to three games heading into Wednesday’s action. A manageable figure given they have another set against the Cardinals.
As amazing as it would be to catch St. Louis the Bucs need to take care of business this week to make sure they don’t wind up playing a Wild Card game at Wrigley Field, a place they visit for three games next week.
They are playing good ball. Yesterday’s G2 loss marked the end of a 4 game winning streak but with the offense clicking more often right now they are a threat.
After going six weeks between starts A.J. Burnett looked OK in his outing last week. Prior to that he was getting hit hard in July and they need him to return to his early season form where he was forming an important part of a nice trio with Gerritt Cole and Francisco Liriano.
In two starts against the Cubs this season he has given up just 1ER in 13 innings. Looks like it could be a pitcher’s duel.
MLB Betting Trends:
- CHC are 31-14 in their last 45 overall.
- CHC are 31-14 in their last 45 games on grass.
- CHC are 14-2 in Arrietas last 16 road starts.
- Over is 10-1 in PIT last 11 games following a loss.
- Over is 7-1 in PIT last 8 overall.
- Over is 7-1 in PIT last 8 on grass.
4* Free MLB Betting Prediction: Pittsburgh
There is great value with the Pirates tonight. I know that means fading the hottest pitcher in baseball but I think it will be worth it.
MLB Baseball Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 4 – Chicago 3
Arrieta is on fire but the Cubs are on the road against the best home team in all of baseball. With a chance to get a good payoff I suggest you take it.
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