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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates 5/25/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates 5/25/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The first installment of a three-game series will take action at PNC Park on Tuesday between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cubs will look to build on the 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in their last outing.  Chicago won two out of three in the three-game set and are now trailing the St. Louis Cardinals for the lead at  24-22 with 1 ½ game behind in the NL Central Division.

The Chicago Cubs rank 14th with a team batting average of .237, and an average of 7.76 hits per game.  Third base Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with team-highs .312 batting average, .406 OBP, and 48 hits.  Javier Baez leads the team with team-high 11 home runs and 32 RBIs.  On Tuesday, Jake Arrieta will head to the hill to start for the Cubs.  The thirty-five-year-old righty is 4-4 with a 4.46 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season.  In his career against the Pirates, Arrieta is 14-6 with a 2.88 ERA and 145 strikeouts.

  • The Chicago Cubs are 6-2 SU in its last 8 games.

  • The total went UNDER in 6 of the Chicago Cubs’ last 8 games on the road.

  • The total went UNDER in 7 of the Chicago Cubs’ last 8 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh.

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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Predictions 5/25/2021

The Pittsburgh Pirates were overwhelmed by the Atlanta Braves losing three in the four-game series. Pittsburgh just managed four hits in the 7-1 road loss on Sunday.  The Pirates are in last place at the NL Central Division at 18-28 with 7 ½ games behind the division leader Cardinals.

The Pirates hold the worst record in the majors with a team ERA of 4.91 and just eight quality starts.  Second Baseman Alan Frazier leads the Pirates with a batting average of .335, .396 OBP, and 61 hits.  The Pirates have yet to announce a starting pitcher for Tuesday’s opener.

  • Pittsburgh is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games.

  • The total went UNDER in 11 of Pittsburgh’s last 14 games against the Chicago Cubs.

  • The total went UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games at home against the Chicago Cubs.

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates. The MLB pick for this game goes to the Chicago Cubs.  The Chicago Cubs are the better team here and have the momentum on their side.  In 46 games, Chicago ranks 12th both in OPS and runs scored.  Also with 46 games, Pittsburgh ranks 29th in OPS and runs scored.  Taking the game is the Chicago Cubs.  Final Score Prediction is 5-3.

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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates 5/25/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 6:35 PM ET

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021


MLB Odds: Chicago Cubs -140

MLB Totals: 8.5

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