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2021 MLB Handicapping
(48-85) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (59-75)
Date: Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
Time: 8:05 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Mitch Keller (PIT) vs. Keegan Thompson (CHI)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates +140 | Cubs -150
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cubs -1.5 (-110)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8.5
The Pittsburgh Pirates will open a four-game weekend series on the road at Wrigley Field against the National League Central rival Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.
The Pirates aren’t playing well at the moment and they’ve lost 3 of their last 4 games.
Pittsburgh is averaging 3.58 runs per game. Their .233 batting average is 27th in the league. Their .304 on base percentage is 26th, while their .360 slugging percentage is 30th.
Pittsburgh’s pitching is among the worst in the league. Opponents have a .256 batting average against the Pirates, which is 24th in the league. Their 5.04 ERA is 28th, as is their 1.41 WHIP.
There really is not much to be said about the Cubs at this point, as they essentially sold everyone at the trade deadline in order to invest in the future which was probably a smart move long term, but they have a brutal roster as it stands right now.
Chicago is averaging 4.23 runs per game. Their .230 batting average is 28th in the league. Their .305 on base percentage is 24th, while their .399 slugging percentage is 21st.
Chicago’s pitching also ranks in the bottom half of the league. Opponents have a .253 batting average against the Cubs, which is 22nd in the league. Their 4.72 ERA is 25th, while their 1.39 WHIP is 26th.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 48-85 overall
- Pirates are 20-47 on the road
- Cubs are 59-75 overall
- Cubs are 34-32 at home
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
As poorly as Keller has pitched, this could be a spot for a rebound. He’s allowed 2 earned runs or fewer in 2 of his last 3 starts and is coming off of allowing a season-high 7 earned runs in his previous outing against the White Sox.
Meanwhile, Thompson hasn’t given bettors any reason to trust him as a starter. The Cubs’ right-hander has been excellent at home but owns a 5.58 ERA in 3 starts this season.
Take the Pirates on the road in the opener.
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