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Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates 4/8/21 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Odds & Info

Game Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Thursday April 8, 2021, 1:35 PM (EDT)
Location
Pnc Park
Latest odds
CHC -140 ; Total 8.5
TV Channel
MLBN

NL Central Division rivals will clash on Thursday afternoon, when the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates battle from PNC Park. The Cubs (3-3) have dropped consecutive games and rank last in the majors in batting average. On Wednesday, Chicago managed just three hits during a 4-2 home loss in ten innings versus Milwaukee.

Thirty-five year old righty Jake Arrieta (1-0 1.50 ERA) will head to the hill for the Cubs in this contest. Last time out, Arrieta allowed six hits and one run across six solid innings to lead Chicago to a 5-1 home victory versus Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated Chicago on Opening Day, but limp into this series on a five-game losing streak. On Wednesday, Pittsburgh SP Chad Kuhl (0-1) allowed five runs during the first inning of an ugly 11-4 road loss against Cincinnati. SS Erik Gonzalez hit a ninth-inning grand slam to provide the only offense for the Pirates.

The Pirates will turn to thirty-one year old southpaw Tyler Anderson (0-1 5.40 ERA) in the series opener. In his first start, Anderson gave up three runs and struck out seven batters in five innings during a 5-1 road loss against Chicago.

Recent Betting Trends

  • Cubs are 23-8 in their last 31 during game 1 of a series.
  • Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter.
  • Pirates are 20-41 in their last 61 during game 1 of a series.
  • Under is 6-1 in Cubs last 7 games as a road favorite.
  • Under is 5-0 in Pirates last 5 games as a home underdog.

Free MLB Pick:

Chicago Cubs -140

Pittsburgh 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes has landed on the 10-day injured list with a wrist injury. Last year, Chicago ranked 21st in OPS and 20th in runs scored. Pittsburgh counters with an offense that ranked 30th in OPS and 30th in runs scored in 2020. Take the Cubs to break out of their offensive funk and win on the road. Final Score Prediction, Chicago Cubs win 6-3.

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