Pittsburgh Pirates VS Chicago Cubs

MLB Baseball 07:05 PM EST

Saturday

09/23/2020

MARQ, ATPT

Spread: Chicago Cubs -152

Over/Under: 8.5

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates 9/23/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates 9/23/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates 9/23/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Chicago Cubs will face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 7:05 P.M, ET. This is the 3rd installment of this 4-game National League series where the score is tied at 1-1. The Cubs took the 1st game with a strong 5-0 win while the Pirates managed to stun Chicago with a 3-2 win in the 2nd. The Cubs drop to 4th place in the National League with a 32-23 record and are 1st in the NL Central Division. 

Chicago needs to bounce back after getting a 2-3 record in their last 5 games while only making 7 runs in their last 3 matches. The Pirates led by 2 runs in 7 innings of the last game but the Cubs got 2 runs in the 8th to tie the game. Their chances to make a comeback failed when they allowed 1 more run in the 9th inning. Anthony Rizzo led the team in the game with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. David Bote and Cameron Maybin got 1 hit each in the game. Andrew Chafin got the loss after allowing 1 earned run in 0.2  innings. Ian Happ is their best offensive player this season with 48 hits, 28 RBIs, and 12 homers with a BAA of .258. The Cubs offense is not that great with a team BAA of .224 which ranks 27th while making 239 runs this season. Pitching is the team’s forte with their bullpen ranking in 8th place with a team ERA of 3.85. Kyle Hendricks will get the ball in game 3 of the series. He is now 6-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. 

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Predictions 9/23/2020

The Pirates finally get another win after having a 5-game skid. They are now 2-8 in their last 10 games this season with just 4 made runs in their last 3 matches. Jacob Stallings, Adam Frazier, and Erik Gonzales all had 1 hit and 1 RBI each in the game while Stallings had a solo homer in the 9th to win the game. Richard Rodriguez got the win after pitching 1 scoreless inning. Gonzales is their best offensive player this season with 41 hits and 20 RBIs while Colin Moran has 8 homers for the team. The Pirates pitching staff ranks 21st in the league with a team ERA of 4.93 while they have the 3rd worst team batting record at .214. The team is also the lowest scoring team this season with only 193 runs made so far. The Pirates are 15th in the National League with a record of 16-39 and are 5th in the NL Central Division. Trevor Williams will start for the Pirates in the next game. He is currently 1-8 with a 6.70 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. 

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates. MLB’s choice to win the 3rd game is the Chicago Cubs -152. It’s a clear mismatch with the starters in the next game with Williams allowed 16 earned runs in 14.1 innings and Hendricks allowed only 3 earned runs in 23.2 innings. Chicago is also the better team this season so it’s a no brainer why Chicago wins the 3rd game. The Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 games versus the Pirates. Chicago will win this match predicted at 6-3.

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MLB Starting Time: 7:05  P.M, ET

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

TV: MARQ, ATPT

MLB Odds: Chicago Cubs -152

MLB Total: 8.5

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