Cubs vs. Pirates Prediction
Following a second consecutive 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, will the Chicago Cubs find a way past them again today at 7:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
955 Chicago Cubs at 956 Pittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, August 18, 2018
7:05PM ET – PNC Park
TV: ATPT (Pit); NSCH (Chi)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, this game is considered even. The Pirates and the Cubs are each getting odds of -110 to win. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 8.5 runs. The public betting for this game 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.
Cubs win third straight
The Cubs defeated the Pirates 1-0 again on Friday for their third consecutive win overall. Chicago is now 71-50 on the season and 33-27 on the road. The Cubs are putting up 4.84 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.08 per contest.
Tyler Chatwood gets the start for the Cubs tonight. He is making his 20th start for the Cubs tonight and comes in with a 4-5 record, a 5.06 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. Chatwood has 85 strikeouts with 90 walks over 99.2 innings of work.
Pirates lose fifth straight
The Pirates lost their fifth straight on Friday. They have scored nine runs over the five games. Pittsburgh is now 61-62 overall and 33-31 at home. The Pirates are putting up 4.47 runs per contest while allowing 4.48 per contest.
Joe Musgrove is getting the start for the Pirates tonight. He is making his 14th start of the season tonight and has a 4-7 record with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Musgrove has 62 strikeouts and 20 walks over 80.0 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cubs have won six of their last seven Game 3’s and five of their last six against right-handed starters.
The Pirates have lost four straight against NL Central opponents and five of their last seven against winning teams.
Chatwood hasn’t been good for the Cubs, especially with walking batters. However, he has the benefit of pitching against a team really struggling at the plate. Musgrove is a pretty solid pitcher, but it is going to be tough to keep Chicago off the scoreboard entirely. I could definitely see another 1-0 win on Saturday.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -110