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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs 5/8/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs 5/8/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Pittsburgh Pirates (13-18) will shut down the Chicago Cubs (16-16) in Game 2 of a three-game series at the Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 2:20 PM ET. Pittsburgh will try to bounce back after losing seven of their last eight matches including the 2-3 defeat in Game 1 of a series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. The Pirates posted six runs scored in their last three games and three or fewer runs in five consecutive outings. Second Baseman Adam Frazier made 34 hits with 10 RBIs in leading Pittsburgh while Center Fielder Bryan Reynolds and 1st Baseman Colin Moran combined for 63 hits and 33 RBIs. In their loss to the Cubs, Catcher Jacob Stallings and Moran scored one run on two hits apiece for the Pirates. Trevor Cahill led the pitching staff with 8 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 base on balls, and 2 strikeouts in pitching for 5.0 innings.

Pittsburgh’s right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe will take his post on the pitcher’s mound to start Game 2 against the Cubs on Saturday. The righty thrower is 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA while striking seven batters out this season. Crowe will be playing his second career start versus Chicago. The Pirates are 11-25 in its last 36 outings during Game 2 of a series and 15-39 in its last 54 matches on the road. Pittsburgh is 17-35 in the last 52 meetings in Chicago. The UNDER is 4-0 in the Pirates’ last 4 overall and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Predictions 5/8/2021

On Chicago’s side, the team aims for a back-to-back win after a 3-2 victory over the Pirates in Game 1 on Friday. The Cubs won six of their last eight contests and scored 13 runs in its last three matches. The Chicago Cubs posted seven triumphs out of ten outings when scoring four or more runs. Kris Bryant had 34 hits and 22 RBIs in leading Chicago while Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo combined for 53 hits and 36 RBIs. In winning Game 1, Left Fielder Joc Pederson has one run scored on three hits with an RBI. Shortstop Javier Baez and 2nd Baseman David Bote posted 1 run on 2 hits in the victory. Pitcher Zach Davies recorded 5 hits with zero earned while granting one walk and struck one batter out.

The Chicago Cubs will be sending 29-year-old righty Trevor Williams to the pitcher’s rubber to start Game 2 against the Pirates on Saturday. The right-handed starter is 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA and 29 strikeouts this year. This will be Williams’ second MLB career start versus Pittsburgh. The Cubs are 5-2 in its last 7 contests during Game 2 of a series and 2-5 in its last 7 matches as a favorite while the OVER is 4-0 in Chicago’s last 4 matches overall.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs. The MLB Pick for this game is Chicago -167. The Pirates struggled in their offense all week with three or fewer runs scored in five successive contests. The Cubs on the other hand are starting to peak up with six wins in the last eight meetings and their offense improved with more consistency. The prediction, Chicago Cubs will win.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs 5/8/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 2:20 PM ET

Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021

TV: ATPT, MARQ

MLB Odds: Chicago Cubs -167

MLB Totals: 8

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