Free MLB Pick: Pirates vs Cubs Odds
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(4-6) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (6-4)
Date: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Jameson Taillon vs. Jon Lester
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -177 | Pirates +156
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon is still looking for his first decision of the season.
Through 13 innings, he has pitched well but hasn’t had the run support to back him up. He has a 1.38 ERA with 10 strikeouts and four walks.
Speaking of run support, the Pirates don’t have much
. The team is averaging just 3.2 runs per game thus far. Third baseman David Freese is the only batter in the starting order with a batting average over .300.
Freese has been wonderful, batting .440 with two homeruns and 5 RBIs.
Andrew McCutchen hasn’t been great so far, batting .250 with a single homerun and 3 RBIs. If the Pirates are going to beat the Cubs, Cutch has to get in form.
Chicago will send Jon Lester to the mound, who, like Taillon, doesn’t have a decision yet this season. In 11 innings of work, he has a 1.64 ERA with a WHIP of 1.27. He has 14 strikeouts to just three walks.
Right fielder Jason Heyward has looked good at the plate for Chicago. In 38 plate appearances, he is batting .294 with 10 hits and 4 RBIs.
Anthony Rizzo will look to get going in this series. He hasn’t had the best start, batting just .250 with a single homer and 3 RBIs in 47 plate appearances.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pittsburgh is 1-7 in the last eight games on the road
- The OVER is 9-3 in last 12 meetings between Pittsburgh and Chicago
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
Chicago has the better roster as a whole and Jon Lester is pitching well, despite not having a decision on his stat line yet. Pittsburgh can’t get much run support and will have a hard time against Lester. Chicago gets the W here.
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MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 2 – Chicago 4
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