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2020 MLB Handicapping
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
Date: Saturday, August 1st 2020
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago IL
Projected Pitchers: Mitch Keller vs. Tyler Chatwood
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates +140, Cubs -160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pirates OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: OFF
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For as good as the Cubs starting pitching has been, their bullpen seems to find a way to make every game interesting. Luckily, the Chicago offense keeps coming through en route to the team’s 5-2 start.
In a short season, Pittsburgh could be throwing in the towel sooner rather than later. The Pirates are now 2-5 on the season. What’s scary about the Bucs is that they’ve stolen one game in series’ with Milwaukee and St. Louis so far.
The Pirates made Friday’s game look a little better on paper thanks to a Josh Bell home run in the 9th. It was still a 6-3 loss though as Pittsburgh couldn’t get anything going vs. Yu Darvish, scraping 2 hits over 6.0 IP.
Pittsburgh just doesn’t have the firepower to compete in this one as they are 23rd in runs scored and 24th in home runs hit. The Pirates also struggled mightily last year vs. Chicago starter Tyler Chatwood which doesn’t bode well.
Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller seems to have made big strides from his 1st to 2nd seasons in the majors. The Iowa native had a 7.13 ERA in 11 starts last season but was dazzling with 1 ER in 5.0 IP in his first 2020 start.
Chicago has shown great depth in starting off the season 5-2 and already building a 1.5 game lead over the Brewers. It can be somebody different on any given night and on Friday it was Jason Kipnis who went 2-3 with a HR.
Compared to Pittsburgh’s bottom feeding offense, Chicago ranks 2nd in the league in runs scored and has cranked out the 3rd most HRs. The Cubs hit Keller well in two games last season, posting a .385 team BA vs. the Bucs pitcher.
Tyler Chatwood had the start he needed last time out for a guy who has had a couple up-and-down season. Chatwood allowed just 3 hits to Milwaukee and should build on that as he had a 1.13 ERA vs. Pittsburgh in 2019.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 1-8 last 9 road games
- Cubs are 2-9 last 11 as a favorite
- Over is 8-2 in Cubs last 10
- Pirates are 4-10 last 14 meetings
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
Keller was great in the opener but he had a complex vs. the Cubs last season.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Cubs RL -1.5
Pittsburgh has a real little brother syndrome vs. Chicago as of late.
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