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2018 MLB Season
(69-50) Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (61-60)
Date: Thursday, August 16 , 2018
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Jon Lester vs. Ivan Nova
MLB Moneyline Odds: Chicago -110, Pittsburgh +105
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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The Chicago Cubs will be on the road Thursday night in Pittsburgh to take the field against the Pirates. The North Siders are 6-4 through their previous 10 games and looking for a second win in a row after beating up on the Brewers 8-4 at home Wednesday.
Lefty Jon Lester will be on the mound with a record of 12-5 and an ERA of 3.89. Javy Baez and Ian Happ will both be worth keeping an eye on when the Cubbies are at the plate.
Javy has jacked two over the fence against Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova in 13 at-bats while Happ has gone the distance in two of 14 trips against the right-hander.
The Pirates will be looking to avoid a fourth loss in a row after falling 4-6 against the Twins in Minnesota on Wednesday. To makes matters even worse, the Bucks have lost four of their previous six games at home.
Right-hander Ivan Nova will be on the hill for Pittsburgh. He currently has a record of 7-6 for the season with an ERA of 4.42. Nova has had some luck against the Cubs in the past, allowing only three hitters projected for Thursday’s line up to bat over .300.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cubs are 23-5 in Lesters last 28 starts during game 1 of a series.
- Cubs are 7-3 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Cubs are 41-15 in their last 57 Thursday games.
- Cubs are 35-16 in their last 51 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Cubs are 8-3 in Lesters last 11 starts with 4 days of rest.
Free Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
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While anything is always possible in the NL Central, the chances of the Pirates playing in the postseason this year are pretty slim. It’s one thing to have difficulties on the road this late in the season, but struggling to win at home puts them in a completely different category.
The Cubs, on the other hand, not only have a three-game lead in the Central, they currently have the best record in the National League and are expected to make a push late into the postseason. Their next four games in Pittsburgh could be the perfect opportunity to add some cushion to their lead and began to focus on October.
I’m taking the North Siders in the series opener.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 6 – Pittsburgh 2
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