Free MLB Pick: Pirates vs. Cubs Odds
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2019 MLB Season
(44-45) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (47-43)
Date: Friday July 12, 2019
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Chris Archer vs. Yu Darvish
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -165, Pirates +135
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: Off
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The NL Central could not be tighter right now. Pittsburgh finished the “first half” half with a couple of wins and they are just a couple of losses behind first place Chicago. I think you can say that other than slugger Josh Bell they did not even have a good first half either. They do not look poised for a strong second half but maybe a few hitters get hot and the pitching normalizes.
By normalizing that means getting quality outings from guys like Chris Archer. He has been mostly a disappointment since arriving at Pittsburgh last summer and he gave up 2 homers to the Cubbies in his last start before the break. Pittsburgh has won his last four starts even if his numbers have been more of the mediocre variety.
There is still plenty of time for the Cubs to run away with the NL Central. They seem to have the best overall roster but have struggled with consistency. They are starting the second half at home and in the division so if they can get on a roll they could create some breathing space. Six players already have 14 or more homers making their lineup tough to navigate but they could use more from Kris Bryant who is supposed to be elite.
Yu Darvish leads the team in strikeouts but is struggling. He is giving up a ton of homers this season and his numbers at Wrigley Field are bad – no wins with an ERA of 6.23. Pittsburgh is not a great lineup but they took him deep twice in his last start and he has given up 2 homers in four of his last five starts. It is hard to win when you can’t keep the ball in the yard.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 19-7-2 in PIT last 28 Fri. games.
- Over is 42-17-3 in PIT last 62 overall.
- Over is 42-17-3 in PIT last 62 on grass.
- Under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Chicago.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
I think the smart play here is Pittsburgh. They are in better form and both pitchers scare me so at least you get the better pay off.
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The over looks good too. Wrigley can be a band box and both pitchers are struggling this season.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 5 – Chicago 4
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