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Pirates at Cubs 9/25/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Posted on 24 September 2018 by David
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

MLB: 8:05 PM EST

Sep. 25, 2018

Latest Odds : CHC -130 O/U 8.5

The Pittsburgh Pirates play the second game of a four-game series on the road Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates were defeated on Sunday by the Milwaukee Brewers 13-6. Pittsburgh was eliminated from playoff contention after the Giants lost to the Cardinals. The Pirates gave up five runs during the sixth even though the Brewers managed to hit the ball out of the infield just once.

The Chicago Cubs won for the second straight day on Sunday defeating the Chicago White Sox 6-1. Kyle Schwarber hit a home run and knocked in two runs. The win kept the Cubs in first place 2 ½ games ahead of second place Milwaukee with just seven games to play. The Cubs magic number to clinch the National League Central is five.

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Corey Dickerson leads the Pirates with a .298 batting average. Starling Marte has a team high 148 hits. Gregory Polanco is the team leader in home runs with 23 and in RBIs with 81, but is lost for the season with a shoulder injury. Pittsburgh has a team batting average of .254 while opposing hitters are averaging .251 at the plate against Pirates pitching. On Tuesday, the Pirates will send Chris Archer to the mound. The right-hander this season is 5-8 with an ERA of 4.49, 153 Ks and 47 BBs.

Ben Zobrist leads the Cubs with a .314 batting average. Javier Baez leads the team in home runs with 34, RBIs with 110 and hits with 168. Chicago has a team batting average of .259 while opposing hitters are averaging .240 at the plate against Cubs pitching. On Tuesday, the Cubs will send Mike Montgomery to the mound. The lefthander this season is 5-5 with an ERA of 3.75, 82 Ks and 38 BBs.

Recent Betting Trends:

Pittsburgh is 6-2 in its last 8

The UNDER has cashed in 25 of the Pirates last 37

Chicago is 7-3 in its last 10

The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Cubs last 5

Free Betting Pick: Chicago Cubs -130

Chicago is battling to win the NL Central while Pittsburgh is just playing out its final seven games of the season. The Cubs have won 4 of Montgomery’s last 5 starts and 5 of the lefthander’s last 6 starts on Tuesday. On the other hand, the Pirates have lost each of Archer’s last 4 starts on the road and 5 of the right-hander’s last 7 starts overall. Final Score Prediction, Chicago Cubs win 5-3.

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