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2019 MLB Season
Date: Friday July 12, 2019
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Jordan Lyles vs. Jon Lester
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -167 | Pirates +157
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: Off
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The NL Central is so tight that these divisional games are going to be what swings it for one team or the other. As long as Pittsburgh can compete they will stay in it but I not a big fan overall as their offense is little more than Josh Bell these days. I am not sure who can really pick it up either. Colin Moran is on pace to crush last year’s totals.
Hopefully Jordan Lyles used the break to forget his last start which was 7ER over 4 innings to this same Cubs team. That game was at home and is one of the reasons his splits say he is a better play on the road. This is going to be his 6th straight start against a team in the division. They need him to be better if they are going to have a chance.
All the All-Star talk has the Cubbies emerging as the team to win the NL Central but I am not sold yet. I think they are the best team but it is not like they have been playing like it much of the year. They need to boost the offense and be better defensively, especially the latter. The talent is there but it has yet to make the difference.
Jon Lester leads the team in wins but he has seen his dominance decrease over the years. Like a lot of pitchers his homer rate is up this season. His walks are slightly down but he is giving up more hits. Huge swing between home and road this season, his ERA is half of what it is on the road at Wrigley. Pittsburgh roughed up Craig Kimbrel twice in their series just before the All-Star break.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 38-14-3 in PIT last 55 Sat. games.
- Over is 42-17-3 in PIT last 62 overall.
- Over is 42-17-3 in PIT last 62 on grass.
- Over is 6-2-1 in Lesters last 9 starts on grass.
- Over is 6-2-1 in Lesters last 9 starts overall.
- CHC are 43-15 in Lesters last 58 home starts.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
I have to go with Chicago here. Take them on the run line because Lester is a familiar name that will lower the value.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Chicago RL
The offense should look pretty good against Lyles and hopefully they do not need Kimbrel in a high leverage spot.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 6 – Pittsburgh 3
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