Free MLB Pick: Pirates vs. Cubs Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(1-0) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (0-1)
Date: Saturday, April 3rd, 2021
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Tyler Anderson vs. Jake Arietta
MLB Moneyline Odds: OFF
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: OFF
Pittsburgh won the opener. That is not a sign that the Bucs are going to surprise this season but at least it takes some of the pressure off the Pirates. Chicago is going to be in even worse shape than we think if they do not take this series.
it is just one game and it was the opener so you don’t want to read too much into what we saw on Thursday. Ke’Bryan Hayes looked great last season and is still eligible for rookie of the year. He homered yesterday and for them to be any kind of competitive they need him to be really good. On the flipside Gregory Polanco did not look good. He left 8 men on base in 4 at bats
Chad Kuhl was solid in the win but only pitched three innings. He was followed by six relievers each pitching an inning. Tyler Anderson has a decent track record from his time with the Rockies. At the very least they should be able to get more out of him innings wise than they did from Kuhl.
I think the markets were down on this Cubs team and for good reason. The result from the first game hardly did much to change anyone thinking either. Ace Kyle Hendricks did not look good and the Cubs only got two hits for the game. If the offense is not at least average this team might not be much better than Pittsburgh this season.
Jake Arietta is back in the Windy City, where he had his best years while the team was playing great. I am not expecting much if a resurgence. He is tough and smart but the stuff just isn’t there anymore and I am not seeing how any new analytics are going to make enough of a difference. He is a pitcher I am going to be looking to fade this season.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 20-43 in their last 63 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Pirates are 24-52 in their last 76 overall.
- Pirates are 24-52 in their last 76 games on grass.
- Cubs are 13-4 in their last 17 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
- Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Cubs are 2-5 in their last 7 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
There is not a lot to like about either of these teams but winning the opener helps a team’s confidence. Plus all those relievers the Pirates used have had a day off to recover so they could be available again on Saturday. It is a simple formula.
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If you can find the right spots with Pittsburgh there is going to be money to be made. It is a very real possibility they could be an underdog in every game this season.
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