Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, Pick and Preview, June 21 (6/21): MLB

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, Pick and Preview, June 21 (6/21): MLB

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Odds
Time 7:05 p.m. EST
Cubs money line +139
Cubs run line +1.5 (-159)
Pirates money line -143
Pirates run line -1.5 (+150)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats
  Chicago Cubs Pittsburgh Pirates 
Record 25-42 27-39
Road / home record 12-17 15-19
Last 10 record 2-8 3-7
Streak L2 W2
Over / under record 33-31-3 27-34-5
Runs / game 4.11 3.53
Runs allowed / game 5.32 4.93

 

Preview

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates will play game 2 of their series on Tuesday at PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates have won the first game 12-1 on Monday which puts them on a 2 game streak going into this one.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs have not been playing any good in the last few games as they have only won 2 out of the last 14 games which includes getting swept 4-0 by the Padres and 3-0 by the Yankees in this period, the pitching have been cold in the last two games especially for the Cubs as they have allowed 12 runs to the Pirates and 6 runs to the Braves before that while scoring only 1 run in those games. Cubs are the 22th in runs scored and 27th in runs allowed this season.

Probable pitcher:

Matt Swarmer (1-2, 5.23 ERA) will be on the mound for Chicago in game 2 on Tuesday, Swarmer's last start was against San Diego Padres and he went 3.2 innings allowing 4 runs and 4 earned runs in a game that ended as a 4-6 loss for the Cubs.

Pittsburgh Pirates 

The Pirates are on a 2 game winning streak with a one sided game last night against the Cubs (12-1) and a 4-3 win over the Giants before that, Pirates are playing much better at home and they are going on a heater right now, Jack Suwinski has hit 11 home runs including 3 home runs on Sunday for the Pirates. Pirates are the 28th in runs scored and 25th in runs allowed this season.

Probable pitcher:

Roansy Contreras (0-1, 3.06 ERA) will be in the mound for the Pirates in game 2 on Tuesday, Contreras' last start was against the Cardinals and he went 4.1 innings allowing 6 hits and 3 earned runs in a game that ended as a 6-4 win for the Pirates.

Betting Trends

Chicago Cubs are 2-12 Straight up last 14 games.

Chicago Cubs are 3-6 Straight up last 9 games Vs the Pirates.

Chicago Cubs are 0-6 Straight up last 6 road games.

Pittsburgh Pirates are 3-11 Straight up last 14 games.

Pittsburgh Pirates are 2-4 Straight up last 6 home games.

Pittsburgh Pirates have gone over the total in 4 of last 6 games.

Prediction

The Chicago Cubs bats are so cold right now as the Cubs struggle offensively in the last few games. Cubs are on a 6 road game losing streak and I don't expect that to change in this one, I like the Pirates to win this game and gets a third win in a row after they have beaten the Cubs 12-1 in the last game and a 4-3 win over the Giants before that (both games at home) so give me the Pittsburgh Pirates ML here. 

PICK: Pirates ML (-143)

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