Free MLB Pick: Pirates vs Cubs Odds
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(67-61) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (82-47)
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Time: 5:05 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Projected Pitchers: Chad Kuhl vs Kyle Hendricks
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -210
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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The Pirates have really struggled on offense this season, especially hitting the long ball where they sit 26th overall with just 121 on the year.
Their division rivals who they will face off against here, in comparison, have 163 which is good for 12th, which is a massive gap.
Andrew McCutchen, usually the driving force for the Pirates, has had a terrible season with just 18 homers and a .252 average in 2016.
Chad Kuhl has been effective in his first career starts this season, owning a 3.50 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in his eight starts, six of which were quality starts. He is by no means a strikeout pitcher, with just a 5.56 k/9 rate, but he can induce groundballs and let his defense do the work.
The Cubs are on their way to their first division title in recent memory, led by stud sophomore Kris Bryant. Bryant looks like a legitimate star player and could challenge for a Silver Slugger/ MVP award soon.
He currently has 35 homers, 107 runs, 89 RBI and a .305 average on the year, just his second as mentioned.
Speaking of awards, who would’ve thought entering the season that Kyle Hendricks would be in the conversation for the NL Cy Young award, but alas here we are.
With Clayton Kershaw missing significant time due to injury, there is actually a chance that someone else will be named and Hendricks is certainly making his case with his 2.19 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 135 Ks and 12-7 record.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The Pirates are 33-31 on the road
- Pittsburgh is 5-5 in their last 10 games.
- The Bucs are 15-10 in August.
- Chicago is 45-19 at home.
- The Cubs are 6-4 in their last 10 games.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
Pittsburgh probably won’t be able to hang with the Cubs’ excellent offense, especially with McCutchen’s down season on-going.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Chicago -1.5
Hendricks is a legitimate stud pitcher this season and should be able to outduel his counterpart Kuhl.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates-2 Chicago-5
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