Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs 9/3/21 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Game: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time: 9/3/2021, 6:20 PM UTC
Location: Wrigley Field
Latest Odds: CHC -126 Total OFF
TV Channel: MLBN

The Friday MLB schedule will get underway with a matinee between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs from Wrigley Field. The Pirates (48-86) have lost three straight games and are sitting in last place in the NL Central Division standings. Last night, Pittsburgh 1B Colin Moran hit a three-run blast during the first inning of a 6-5 road loss against Chicago in 11 innings.

Twenty-nine year old lefty Steven Brault (0-3 4.57 ERA) will make his sixth start of the season. The Pirates have lost all five of Brault’s starts and he has allowed 11 runs over his first 21 plus frames.

The Chicago Cubs have won three straight games and are two games above .500 at home. During Thursday's home victory, Sergio Alcantara collected three hits and scored the winning run on an error. Ian Happ and Rafael Ortega each went deep for the Cubs, who improved to 60-75 on the season.

The Cubs will give the nod to twenty-nine year old righty Alec Mills (6-6 4.32 ERA) on Friday. Last time out, Mills allowed just four hits in eight scoreless innings during a 7-0 road victory against the White Sox.

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Betting Trends

  • Pirates are 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Cubs are 7-19 in their last 26 home games.
  • Cubs are 0-5 in their last 5 Friday games.
  • Under is 6-1-2 in Pirates last 9 road games.
  • Over is 3-0-1 in Cubs last 4 home games.
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Chicago C Willson Contreras is currently on the 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain. Through 134 games, Pittsburgh ranks 30th in OPS and 30th in runs scored. For the season, Chicago ranks 23rd in OPS and 22nd in runs scored. Take the Pirates to win on the road. Final Score Prediction, Pittsburgh Pirates win 5-3.

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