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2018 MLB Season
(8-2) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (5-5)
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Trevor Williams vs. Kyle Hendricks
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -162
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: OFF
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After going six no-hit innings and getting the win in his first start, Williams followed it up with another win going 5.1 innings, but this time he gave up two earned off of 10 hits to go along with four strikeouts and one walk.
It was good to see Williams bend but not break after giving up 10 hits. His shiny 1.59 ERA is a good way to start the season, but if he don’t bring his 3.97 K/9 up and his 4.76 BB/9 down, then we will see his ERA regress to around last years mediocre 4.07 ERA.
Pittsburgh has been stroking the bats in the last week slashing a stellar .300/.358/.476 while adding 23 extra-base hits and 37 RBI. They also have shown great discipline collected 39 walks compared to 63 strikeouts, which is the second least amount of strikeouts.
Hendricks walked away with the no-decision in his second start going five innings giving up four earned off of nine hits while striking out one and walking one. The damage came from home runs from both Travis Shaw and Eric Thames.
He hasn’t been on his A-game with the strike outs posting a low 4.91 K/9 which is off from his 7.68 K/9. However, he has done a great job inducing soft contact hits as they have occurred on 37.5% of his pitches. He’ll need to put it all together now and bring down his high 5.67 FIP.
Chicago’s lineup hasn’t been on Pittsburgh’s level, but they’ve been solid in the last week slashing .254/.340/.424 to go with 16 extra-base hits and 22 RBI. They currently hold a BB:K ratio of 43:101.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PIT are 10-2 in their last 12 overall.
- PIT are 10-2 in their last 12 games on grass.
- Under is 19-6-2 in PIT last 27 Thu. games.
- CHC are 38-14 in their last 53 Thu. games.
- CHC are 6-2 in Hendricks’ last 8 starts vs. PIT.
- Under is 8-2 in Hendricks’ last 10 starts overall.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction: Chicago holds off a hot Pittsburgh team
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: OVER the Total
Taking into consideration Hendrick’s recent struggles, Chicago’s history against Williams, and the way both lineups have been swinging the bat, I’ll take the over.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Cubs 6 – Pirates 4
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