Pirates at Cubs 7/13/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
MLB: 2:20 PM EST
Jul. 13, 2019
Latest Odds : CHC -189 Total 8.5
Historic Wrigley Field will play host to a Saturday matinee between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs. On Friday, Pittsburgh rallied for three runs to tie things up during the eighth inning of a 4-3 road loss against Chicago. Starling Marte provided the offense with a three-run blast for the Pirates, who are two games below .500 overall.
Twenty-eight year old righty Jordan Lyles (5-5 4.36 ERA) will take the mound for the Pirates in this matchup. Pittsburgh has lost each of Lyles’ last five starts and he has been tagged for 20 runs over his last 23 frames.
The NL Central Division leading Chicago Cubs started off yesterday’s important nine-game homestand with a dramatic victory. Kris Bryant broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with his 18th home run and Jason Heyward delivered the winning run with a two-out single an inning later. SP Yu Darvish struck out eight batters across six scoreless innings for the Cubs, who lead the Brewers by a full game for first place.
Chicago skipper Joe Maddon will give the nod to veteran left-hander Jon Lester (8-6 3.72 ERA) on Saturday. Last time out, Lester allowed three runs (one earned) in six plus innings of a 6-3 road victory against the White Sox.
Recent Betting Trends:
Pirates are 3-10 in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
Cubs are 23-4 in Lesters last 27 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
Under is 5-2 in Lyles' last 7 road starts.
Over is 12-3-1 in Lesters last 16 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
Cubs are 4-0 in Lesters last 4 home starts vs. Pirates.
Free Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates +158
Chicago SP Cole Hamels is currently on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique. Through 90 games, Pittsburgh ranks 15th in OPS and 17th in runs scored. For the season, Chicago ranks 7th in OPS and 13th in runs scored. Take the Pirates to even this series against an inconsistent Cubs’ squad. Final Score Prediction, Pittsburgh Pirates win 5-4.