Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs Betting Pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates are at Wrigley Field for the first of a four game series on Thursday. The Pittsburgh Pirates come into the game following their series against the Milwaukee Brewers. After winning the first game of the series, the Pirates dropped the last two. Pittsburgh fell to 19-25 with the loss on Wednesday.

The Chicago Cubs are coming off a win on Wednesday. The Cubs beat up on the Atlanta Braves by a final score of 7-1. The win for the Cubs moved them to 25-19 on the season. Chicago is in second place in the National League Central.

The Chicago Cubs are -135 in this game at home over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rookie on Mound for Pirates

Jared Jones is slated to get the start for the Pittsburgh Pirates in this game. The  22 year old has made 8 starts this season, and is 2-4 on the season. Jones holds a 2.68 earned run average. Over 47 innings, Jones has struck batters, which is among the highest in Major League Baseball.

The Pittsburgh offense is one of the worst in all of Major League Baseball. The Pirates are hitting .223, and scoring just 3.7 runs per game. The Pirates have just 39 homeruns, which is 20th in the league. O’Neill Cruz is the top home run threat for Pittsburgh, with 7 bombs on the season.

The Pirates are heading back home after this. Pittsburgh will host the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, and then the Atlanta Braves for a weekend series. Following those home games, the Pirates are on the road at Detroit for two, and then to Toronto for a three game series.

Steele Goes for Chicago

Justin Steele will take the mound for the Chicago Cubs. Steele has made just three starts this season, and has not recorded a decision. Over 13.1 innings, Steeler has allowed 3 homeruns, while striking out 11 batters.

In the win on Wednesday, Mike Tauchman hit a home run to get the party started. Chicago scored three off Charlie Morton and never looked back. Javier Assad was strong, and is now 4-0 on the season. He went six innings, and allowed just 4 hits on the night. The Cubs offense is led by Christopher Morel’s nine homeruns, while Michael Busch and Cody Bellinger have 7.

Chicago will welcome the Atlanta Braves to town next week for a three game series. After that, the Cubs go back on the road. Chicago will make a stop in St. Louis for a series, and then Milwaukee for four games.

Pirates Spoil the Party

We are going to take Jared Jones and the Pittsburgh Pirates to win this game on the road. Jones throws well and keeps the Cubs off balance. Strikeouts kill the Cubs offense, and the Pirates score enough to win.

Our final bet for this game is the Pittsburgh Pirates +115 over the Chicago Cubs. Enjoy the game and best of luck with all your Major League Baseball betting!

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