Pirates vs. Cubs Prediction
With a solid win on Saturday, the Chicago Cubs may be finally picking up steam again. Will they be able to finish off a weekend sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates today at 2:15PM ET?
909 Pittsburgh Pirates vs. 910 Chicago Cubs
Sunday, July 14, 2019
2:20PM ET – Wrigley Field
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Cubs are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -165 to win. The Pirates are listed with a money line of +145 to win, while the over/under total is not available. The public betting for the contest currently is unavailable. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Pirates beat up by Cubs
Pittsburgh dropped the first two games in this series, 4-3 on Friday and 10-4 on Saturday. The Pirates are 44-47 on the season, 22-26 on the road and 54-34 with the over. Pittsburgh has Trevor Williams getting the start today. He is 3-2 on the season with a 4.54 ERA.
The Pirates had 11 hits in Saturday’s loss, but finished with just four runs. Pittsburgh was down big early, with the Cubs putting up seven runs in the first. Jordan Lyles gave up the seven runs and recorded just two outs in his start to fall to 5-6 on the year. At the plate, Starling Marte had two solo home runs to lead Pittsburgh while Jung Ho Kung had a solo home run as well.
Cubs heating up
The Chicago Cubs have won four of their last five games following the 10-4 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Three of those wins have been against the Pirates. The Cubs are 49-43 on the season, 31-16 at home and 46-44 with the over. Chicago has Jose Quintana getting the start today. He is 6-7 on the year with a 4.19 ERA.
Chicago’s bats came alive on Saturday, as they jumped out for seven runs in the first and then had 10 by the end of the fourth. Wilson Contreras hit his 19th home run of the year and drove in three while Jon Lester helped his own cause with a home run, two hits and three RBI. Lester threw 6.2 innings and allowed three runs while striking out six to earn his ninth win of the year.
MLB Betting Trends
The Pirates have lost four straight road games and 11 of their last 16 games against a left-handed starter.
The Cubs have lost four of Quintana’s last five home starts and four straight Game 3’s of a series.
Chicago could be hitting a hot streak here, but today will be a big test. Quintana has had some shaky starts in recent weeks, but he also hasn’t gotten much in run support. If Chicago can hit like it did on Saturday, it’s a sign that the Cubs could be a real playoff threat. Trevor Williams has allowed 16 runs over his last 17.1 innings, including five over 5.2 innings to the Cubs on July 1, his last start. I like Chicago to keep this momentum going and finish off the weekend sweep.
MLB Prediction: Chicago Cubs -165