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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs 09/05/2021 MLB Preview, Spread and Game Analysis
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs 09/05/2021 – The Pittsburgh Pirates have been struggling all season long and they look to find some positives in the next few weeks. They will be facing the Chicago Cubs once again and this team has not won any of their last three encounters. This game will take place this Sunday, September 5 and will be at the Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The first pitch happens at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Time and MARQ will have the television broadcast rights. MLB.tv will host the online live stream for their subscribers. MLB betting odds today suggest that the Chicago Cubs will prolong the Pittsburgh Pirates’ agony.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs 09/05/2021
The Pittsburgh Pirates are second to the last team in the National League and the only team below them are the Arizona Diamondbacks. This team is still far away from chasing the Washington Nationals who own an 8.5 game advantage. Heading to this game, the Pirates have only won once in the last eight games. It is not for the lack of trying as they lost all their matches against the Chicago Cubs by just one RBI. Wilmer Difo was the Pirates’ leading RBI getter during the last match with two while JT Brubaker as the main pitcher had five strikeouts in three innings.
Players to watch: Bryan Reynolds LF (GP 132, AB 475, R 74, H 141, 2B 29, 3B 4, HR 21, RBI 77, TB 241, BB 58, SO 101, SB 4, AVG 0.297, OBP 0.381, SLG 0.507, OPS 0.889, WAR 4.7), Kevin Newman SS (GP 123, AB 435, R 42, H 95, 2B 19, 3B 2, HR 4, RBI 29, TB 130, BB 22, SO 36, SB 3, AVG 0.218, OBP 0.257, SLG 0.299, OPS 0.555, WAR 0.1).
Like their current opponent, the Chicago Cubs are struggling to find their rhythm this year and they are now fifth to the last in the National League. The past couple of days have been the best that they had all season as they won six of the last seven matches. This will be the fourth time they will host the Pittsburgh Pirates and they have not allowed their opponents to take a win over them. The Cubs almost lost that game if it was not for the three RBIs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Frank Swhindel has been the team’s best RBI scorer and he had two against the Pirates.
Players to watch: Ian Happ CF (GP 104, AB 345, R 48, H 78, 2B 15, 3B 0, HR 17, RBI 40, TB 144, BB 43, SO 116, SB 4, AVG 0.226, OBP 0.333, SLG 0.417, OPS 0.75, WAR 3.7). Willson Contreras C (GP 104, AB 345, R 48, H 78, 2B 15, 3B 0, HR 17, RBI 40, TB 144, BB 43, SO 116, SB 4, AVG 0.226, OBP 0.333, SLG 0.417, OPS 0.75, WAR 3.7).
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Betting Numbers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs’ last 12 games.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Betting Picks
The Pittsburgh Pirates really want to win badly but luck has not been on their side. Even with the home-field advantage, the best online sportsbook has the Chicago Cubs are still the safer bet to pick.
Score Prediction: 6-5, Cubs win.