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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates 4/8/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Chicago Cubs will duel the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central Division three-game series at the PNC Park Stadium in Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 1:35 PM ET. Chicago finished a three-game series with a 1-2 record after losing 2 games in a row. The Cubs ended up losing the final match against the Milwaukee Brewers at 2-4 on Wednesday. Starter Kyle Hendricks pitched for 6 scoreless innings and gave up just 4 hits while striking 6 batters out. Chicago drove in 3 hits with 12 strikeouts from the plate. The Cubs had a combined 1-5 with runners in scoring position. The Chicago Cubs started this season with a batting average of 0.124 (worst record in the MLB to date) and a 3.11 ERA (6th in the league).

Veteran right-handed Pitcher Jake Arrieta will be taking the starting role for the Cubs on Thursday. During his first start, the righty thrower pitched for 6.0 innings and permitted 1 run on 6 hits with 5.0 strikeouts. Arrieta pitched well in his previous appearance versus the Pirates. In 99 at-bats, the right-handed pitcher has given away a combined batting average of 0.181 with three homers and 26 strikeouts. Chicago is 5-5 in its last 10 regular season matches, 4-6 on the run line, and the UNDER is 6-4.

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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Predictions 4/8/2021

On the side of Pittsburgh, the Pirates come into this match-up with a four-game losing streak after an 11-4 defeat against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Chad Kuhl earned the loss in the starting role after allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 2 hits with 5 walks. Pittsburgh had a combined 3-6 with runners in scoring position but the team acquired their only runs from a 9th inning grand slam by Erik Gonzalez. The Pirates recorded a 0.199 team batting average which is 5th worst in the major league so far.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be sending the southpaw Pitcher Tyler Anderson to the pitcher’s mound on Thursday. During his first start pitching for 5.0 innings, the left-handed thrower permitted three runs on five hits in the loss. In his career playing against the Cubs, Anderson gave up a 0.280 batting average with three homers in 65 at-bats. The Pirates are 4-6 in its last 10 regular-season outings, 6-4 on the run line, and the UNDER is 6-3-1.

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates. The MLB Pick for this game is Chicago -140. Both teams were not doing well from the plate but the Cubs’ roster is much better and was batting efficiently versus the southpaw pitcher Tyler Anderson (0-1, 5.40 ERA) in the past. The righty Jake Arrieta (1-0, 1.50 ERA) was effective in his first start and would be pitching efficiently against the struggling Pittsburgh’s roster. The prediction, Chicago Cubs will win at 6-3.

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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates 4/8/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 1:35 PM ET

Location: PNC Park Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021

TV: ATPT

MLB Odds: Chicago Cubs -140

MLB Totals: 9

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