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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs Prediction,
and Odds - 7-12-2019

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#901 Pittsburgh
Pirates 9.5
#902 Chicago
Cubs -165

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 2:20pm

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Game Stats

Pittsburgh Pirates

44 - 45


Chicago Cubs

47 - 43


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The Pittsburgh Pirates will be looking for another win as they take on the Chicago Cubs this Friday. The Pirates are currently 44-45 after beating the Brewers in their last game. Meanwhile, the Cubs are 47-43 after losing to the White Sox in their last game. Now, both teams will be looking to improve upon their respective records in this game.

Pirates Look To Get Back To .500

The Pittsburgh Pirates have only won 44 of their first 89 games. In addition, the team enters this game with a mediocre at best road record as the team has only won 22 of its first 46 road games this season. For Friday’s game, the Pirates will turn to Chris Archer as the starting pitcher for this contest. Archer has been awful this season with a 3-6 record along with a 5.49 ERA. Archer also enters this game off of a decent start in which he went five innings and gave up three earned runs.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are led by first baseman Josh Bell who has been tremendous this season. Last season, Bell hit 12 home runs along with 62 RBIs. He was expected to build off that season and be the face of the Pirates’ lineup this season. So far this season, Bell has been remarkable as he has a .302 batting average along with 27 home runs and 84 RBIs in the team’s first 89 games. Bell looks like a serious contender for the NL MVP Award and he will need to play well if the Pirates win this game.

Cubs Look For Another Home Win

The Chicago Cubs are currently in first place in the NL Central division as the team has won 47 of its first 90 games. The main reason for the team’s success is the team’s ability to dominate at home. So far this season, the Cubs have won 29 of their first 45 home games. For Friday’s game, the Cubs will hand the ball to starter Yu Darvish who has been awful this season. So far this season, Darvish is 2-4 with a 5.01 ERA. Interestingly, he faced the Pirates in his last start and struggled. Specifically, he went less than seven innings and gave up four earned runs.

The Chicago Cubs are led by shortstop Javier Baez who was unbelievable last season. Last season, Baez hit 34 home runs along with 111 RBIs as he finished second in the NL MVP Award race. However, Baez is also a fantastic contact hitter as his batting average has never been below .273 in any full season in his career. Baez is already one of the best players in baseball and he is only 26 years old. So far this season, he has looked great once again as he currently has a .289 batting average along with 22 home runs and 62 RBIs.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

Simply put, Chicago is the better of these two teams at this point in time and it is not even close. The Cubs are one of the best home teams in the entire league and should play well in this one as a result. Meanwhile, the Pirates have been below average on the road and I expect the Pirates to struggle away from home in this one. Overall, I expect this game to be pretty close throughout but the Cubs should eventually break the game open while getting the victory.

Prediction: Chicago Cubs

Full-Game Total Pick

Since both of these teams possess below average pitching staffs, I have to lean to the over in this game. Furthermore, the Cubs and the Pirates have the ability to put up at least five runs in any baseball game so I think that this total is too low. I can see this game being somewhere in the realm of 6-5 so I will recommend the over in this game.

Prediction: Over


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