Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Odds Preview

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Odds Preview

Written by on July 7, 2016

In the first of a three game MLB betting lines series between National League Central teams, the Chicago Cubs will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Cubs have dropped two straight games, both against Cincinnati on Tuesday and Wednesday. Coming into the game on Thursday against the Braves, the Cubs held a 52-32 record. The Cubs still sit 8 games ahead of the Pirates in the National League Central. For the Pirates, after their come from behind win, they were 44-41 coming into the Thursday series finale.

How To Bet on the Cubs vs. Pirates MLB Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Friday, July 8, 2016Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PATV: CSN, ROOT SportsRadio: Pirates and CubsStream Option: CSNPitching Matchups: Cubs: Jake Arrieta (12-3) vs. Pirates: Francisco Liriano (5-8)MLB Odds: TBA

Why Bet the Pirates

The Pirates have won seven straight games coming into Thursday’s game. The Pirates needed a hot streak, after really struggling through June. The Pirates are winning with good pitching, as they allowed just 13 runs in the six straight wins. Pittsburgh offensively has a great trio of outfielders with Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen. Polanco leads the team with 12 homeruns and 50 runs batted in. Marte is tops on the team with a .320 batting average. Pittsburgh ranks 16th in MLB with a 4.33 earned run average.

Why Bet the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs would like to get their star pitcher Jake Arrieta back on track. Arrieta is seeking his 13th win of the season in this game. Chicago’s starting pitching is third in baseball with 54 quality starts. The Cubs have a team earned run average of 3.16, which is best in baseball. The Cubs offense is anchored by Kris Bryant. Bryant is batting .278, with 25 homeruns and 64 runs batted in. Chicago has 7 players in the All Star Game, and will have likely 5 starters in the lineup.

My Expert Pick & Prediction

This game features the Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta against the Pirates youngster Chad Kuhl. Arrieta could possibly be the National League All Star game starting pitcher. The Cy Young from a season ago, despite his recent struggles is 12-3 on the season with a 2.33 earned run average. Kuhl, who gets his chance to start at home, has thrown 11 innings on the season and struck out 7 batters, while walking 4. The bet for this game is an easy one; take the Chicago Cubs -166 over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The final score prediction is Cubs 7 and Pirates 3.