Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs MLB Odds and Free Pick
As the final week of the regular season approaches, MLB betting fans are seeing more and more teams start to clinch a playoff spot. That gives them the ability to rest some players, assuming of course that they are not still jockeying for position. The Pittsburgh Pirates have just booked their ticket, but look doomed to a Wild Card game. The team they will most likely face is the Chicago Cubs, and these two get a little dress rehearsal when they meet in Chicago on Friday afternoon.
A Look at the Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs MLB Odds and Free Pick
Date/Time: Friday, September 25, 2015 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago
TV: ABC 7, MLBN
Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network
Opening Line: Pirates +119, Cubs -121
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) September 24, 2015
It has been a very productive week for the Pirates (92-60), as they finally clinched a postseason spot, and are now on the brink of sweeping the Colorado Rockies. The Pirates are among the top run producers in the NL this season, and they have certainly flashed that power in the Rockies series. Over the first three games, the Pirates have driven in 28 runs, which isn’t a major surprise given that Neil Walker and Starling Marte are among the hottest hitters in the league right now.
They will still be concerned about the number of runs being given up, but it’s worth remembering that as bad as the Rockies have been defensively they year, they are still something of an offensive powerhouse. If the Pirates can complete the sweep, they will head into the Cubs series on a 6-game win streak. Gerrit Cole (17-8, 2.64 ERA) will get the start for the Pirates.
The Chicago Cubs (89-63) are likely to be one of the next teams to officially punch their postseason ticket, and they will probably do so with a win or two over the Pirates. That is not such a tall order given that they are 10-6 against the men from the Steel City this season. This has been one of the feel good stories of the MLB season, as it’s been fun to watch this young ball club continue to deliver all year. This is a team that is rolling, having now won or split 6 straight series heading into this one.
There are sure to be plenty of people who believe that the Cubs don’t have the experience required to make a deep run in October, but people also believed they were too inexperienced to challenge for a post season spot this year. Jon Lester (10-11, 3.46 ERA) pitched the full 9 innings and gave up just 1 run the last time he faced the Pirates.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games on the road
- Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
- Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
- Chi Cubs is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
- Chi Cubs is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Chi Cubs is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
Lester has actually faced the Pirates twice this season, picking up the win in both games, whilst giving up just 2 earned runs. He seems to have their number, so let’s go with a Cubs win.