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2020 MLB Handicapping
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
Date: Sunday, August 2nd 2020
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago IL
Projected Pitchers: Steven Brault vs. Jon Lester
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates +190, Cubs -220
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pirates OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: OFF
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The Cubs are getting great starting pitching lately including from Sunday’s starter Jon Lester. The Cubs are a hefty -220 favorite though but a run line bet is also shaky with the way Chicago’s bullpen has pitched over the last 5 games.
The Pirates are going the wrong way in the Central as their 2-6 record has them in last place. That includes already being 4 games out of 1st after the 1st eight games of the season.
Pittsburgh hasn’t seemed to find their offensive stroke since the 9th inning of the first two games of the series. The Pirates have 5 of their 6 runs scored so far in two losses to Chicago in the final frame.
Things won’t get any easier against Jon Lester on Sunday afternoon. The veteran Cubs pitcher started 2020 off strong and the Pirates have just a .252 collective BA against Lester with 1 HR in 115 team ABs.
What’s unfortunate for the Pirates is that they may need a lot of offense Sunday to keep up with the red hot Cubs bats. The Bucs will use the piggyback approach Sunday using Steven Brault for 3 innings before going to the ‘pen.
It would be old-school Cubs luck for commissioner Manfred to cancel the season in the upcoming week because of COVID outbreaks. Chicago has started off 6-2 under David Ross and look like legitimate World Series contenders.
Chicago’s offense has shown the type of depth it takes to run away with the NL Central. Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Ian Happ have each hit 3 HRs while Nico Hoerner, David Bote, and Jason Kipnis are all hitting above .350.
Lester was beyond great in his 2020 debut, throwing 5 innings of no-hit ball before mutually agreeing with Ross to turn the ball over to the bullpen. The lefty was 3-0 vs. the Pirates in 5 starts last year.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 2-7 last 9 overall
- Over is 18-7-1 in Pirates last 26 road games
- Cubs are 3-7 last 10 home games
- Pirates are 1-11 last 12 in Chicago
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
Can the Cubs get the run line win in this one? They’ve got Jon Lester, who hasn’t given up a hit yet this year, against Brault who will only be pitching in the opener role.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Cubs RL -1.5
Lester will leave with the lead, it’s just up to the bullpen to preserve it.
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