Free MLB Pick: Pirates vs Cubs Odds
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(3-6) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (6-3)
Date: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Gerritt Cole vs. Kyle Hendricks
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -168
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Betting Total: OFF
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Gerritt Cole, when healthy, has been a high level pitcher for the Pirates. In 2015, when he pitched over 200 innings for the first and only time of his career, he had his best season with a 2.60 ERA and 19 wins.
In 2016 Cole was plagued by injuries and as a result struggled by his standards as he posted a 3.88 ERA. This season, he’s struggled in his two starts, pitching 11 innings total with a 6.55 ERA.
His K/9 is much lower at 4.91 which is nearly four strikeouts below his average.
But the biggest reason for his early season struggles has been his inability to keep the ball in the yard.
Over the past two seasons he’s been giving up about a half a homerun over nine innings, in this young season he’s averaging 2.45 HR/9.
If he can control the long ball in this matchup and this season, he should reach his old form.
Kyle Hendricks was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball and was a Cy Young finalist in the end.
He makes his living in a Greg Maddux sort of way, with precision and craft rather than overpowering hitters with velocity or movement.
He did so to the tune of a 2.13 ERA and aided by a great defense behind him, didn’t need to strike out a ton of batters to be successful.
His 2017 debut wasn’t great as he gave up four earned runs in just six innings, to include two homeruns to a weak Milwaukee lineup. Like Cole, if he can control the long ball, he should be able to replicate past success.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PIT are 4-12 in their last 17 overall
- CHC are 57-20 in their last 77 games as a favorite
- Over is 9-2 in the last 11 head to head meetings
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
This game features two high level pitchers that will look to right their path in this young season. Both lineups have the ability to be dangerous, perhaps the Cubs more so.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs -1.5
There are no odds on this game, just as there wasn’t for the Cubs’ last game against the Dodgers, but take the Cubs if you get the chance and its under -160. If not the spread (-1.5) is worth a small lean.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 3 – Chicago 6
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