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2019 MLB Season
(64-56) Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (50-70)
Date: Friday, August 16, 2019
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Kyle Hendricks vs. Joe Musgrove
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -149/ Pirates +124
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
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The Cubs are now deadlocked in the NL Central with the St Louis Cardinals and have gone 5-5 in their last 10 contests. The Cubs now travel to PNC Park to play the Pirates and it is a series they know they must take advantage of as the Pirates are having a down year. In an effort to gain a lead in their division they will send Kyle Hendricks (8-9, 3.48 ERA) to the mound.
Hendricks is coming off a horror start where he gave up 12 hits and 7 runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched against the Reds on the 11th of August. That may be an isolated incident, however, as he was coming off 2 quality starts before that and overall has had a solid season. This may be a good spot for a return to form, though, as Hendricks has held the Pirates to a .234 average and only 11 extra base hits in 141 at bats in his career.
The Pirates are basically eliminated from postseason contention as they are 14 games back of the NL Wild Card race. They have been particularly brutal as of late going 2-8 in their last 10 games. They will look to give the home crowd something to cheer about when they send Joe Musgrove (8-11, 4.71 ERA) to the hill.
Musgrove has been the definition of up and down as of late seemingly always following quality starts with poor starts. He is coming off a 5 1/3 inning effort in St Louis on August 10th where he conceded a respectable 3 runs. This is likely a great spot for him to string together two good starts as he has been lights-out against the Cubs in his career. In his starts against the Cubs he has conceded a .174 average with only 6 extra base hits in 109 at bats.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 5-0 in Hendricks’ last 5 starts following an outing of less than 4 innings in his last appearance.
- Under is 4-1 in Hendricks’ last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Under is 5-1-1 in Pirates last 7 games following an off day.
- Under is 4-0 in Musgroves last 4 starts vs. Cubs.
- Under is 7-0 in Hendricks’ last 7 starts vs. Pirates.
Free Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
These guys both have awesome records pitching against the opposite team and I think that will continue in this one. Musgrove has been especially good and I can see both of these guys going deep in this one.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: UNDER the Number
Going to trust these guys past performances and bet the under 9 here as it seems like a very fair number.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Cubs 5 – Pirates 2
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