Free MLB Pick: Pirates vs. Cubs Odds
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2020 MLB Handicapping
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
Date: Friday, July 31st, 2020
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago IL
Projected Pitchers: Trevor Williams vs. Yu Darvish
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates OFF, Cubs OFF
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pirates -OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: OFF
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The Cubs got an unexpected off day on Thursday as their season finale vs. the Reds was postponed due to rain. Chicago is chomping at the bit to get back on the field after losing 12-7 to the Reds on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh had chance to take a series win vs. the Brewers but had some bullpen issues in the first game and wound up 1-2. It’s the second straight 1-2 series vs. a division opponent after the opening weekend vs. St. Louis.
The Pirates are a pretty up and down team as they looked great in an 8-6 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday before getting shut out 0-3 in the finale on Wednesday. Pittsburgh was 8-11 vs. the Cubs last year with a -37 run differential.
The Pirates will get a chance to face Yu Darvish on Friday and he struggled in his opener allowing 3ER on 6 hits in just 4 IP vs. the Brewers. Pittsburgh has just a .115 average vs the Cubs pitcher though.
Trevor Williams is up in the rotation for Pittsburgh after recording just 11 outs in his season debut vs. St. Louis. Williams has nightmares about Wrigley Field though after allowing 15 ER in 17.2 IP over two starts last year.
Darvish is waiting for this matchup to get his confidence back. The right-hander made three starts vs. the Pirates last season and although he didn’t collect a win andhis runs allowed were 4,4, and 0.
Darvish has to be sharp on Friday because the Cubs bullpen looked all sorts of shaky in three games vs. the Reds this week. Chicago allowed 13 runs after the 5th in three games and gave up another 7 in the 5th on Wednesday.
With Pittsburgh’s Williams’ ballooned ERA at Wrigley it’s a good night for Chicago bats. Kyle Schwarber has went yard off the Pirates starter 3 times in 22 AB and the Cubs are hitting .308 as a team against the right-hander.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 1-8 last 9 road games
- Cubs are 2-9 last 11 as a favorite
- Pirates are 1-10 last 11 in Chicago
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
The line is late coming out as the Cubs wait to confirm their pitcher after Thursday’s rain out but it’s going to be Darvish.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Cubs -1.5
There also should be at least 10 runs scored in this one with two shaky pitchers.
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