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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.
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.
- Cubs are 40-19 in their last 59 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
- Cubs are 63-30 in their last 93 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Pirates are 1-4 in Archer’s last 5 starts during game 1 of a series.
- Pirates are 2-6 in Archer’s last 8 road starts vs. a team with a winning record.
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.