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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs 9/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Pittsburgh Pirates (48-86) will battle with the Chicago Cubs (60-75) in Game 2 of a four-game weekend competition at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday, September 3, 2021, at 2:20 PM ET. Pittsburgh just surrendered a short two-game duel against the Chicago White Sox at 2-4 in Game 1 on Tuesday and 3-6 in the finale on Wednesday. The Pirates also gave up the first installment of a four-game weekend series versus the Chicago Cubs at 5-6 on Thursday. Pittsburgh scored three runs in the first frame but struggled after seven scoreless innings but managed to tie the score at 5-all in the 8th to push an extension heading to a one-run loss in the 11th. Pitcher Mitch Keller made a good start of 6.0 scoreless innings on six base hits and struck out eight Chicago hitters in the losing effort. Chad Kuhl lasted for just 0.1 innings and earned the loss after allowing five earned runs on six hits while striking out just one batter in relief.

 

The Pirates will be sending left-hander Steven Brault to the pitcher’s rubber to start the second installment of a weekend series versus the Cubs on Friday. In his career start in the pro baseball league, the twenty-nine-year-old southpaw thrower is 0-3 with a 4.57 ERA and struck out 14 batters this season. Brault also has 24 hits, 11 earned runs, and two home runs allowed with six free bases awarded in his 21.2 innings pitched this year.

 

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Predictions 9/3/2021

 

On the part of Chicago, the team just defeated the Minnesota Twins in a quick two-game match-up at 3-1 on Tuesday with a 3-0 shutout triumph in Game 2 on Wednesday. The Cubs continued their success after winning their third straight contest versus the Pittsburgh Pirates in a four-game weekend tournament at 6-5 on Thursday. The Chi Cubs took the lead at 5-3 after the 7th frame and won the contest after scoring in the extra 11th inning. Adrian Sampson finished 3.1 innings of play with no earned runs, no hits, and no walks allowed but struck out four Pittsburgh batters. The Chicago bullpen contributed a combined four earned runs, seven hits, and four walks allowed while striking out 9 hitters of the Pirates in the win.

 

The Cubs will counter with Right-handed Pitcher Alec Mills to take on the starting role in the 2nd round against the Pirates on Friday. The twenty-nine-year-old righty thrower is 6-6 with a 4.32 ERA while striking out a total of 65 hitters in the majors this season. Mills also gave up 102 hits, 50 runs (43 earned), and eight home runs with 25 walks granted on the year.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs. The MLB Pick for this contest is Chicago -133. The Cubs gained momentum after winning three games in a row while the Pirates struggled after losing three consecutive outings including Game 1 of a series versus the Chi Cubs. Chicago also has a better starter in Mills with zero earned on four hits in his last start of 8.1 innings pitched while Brault had difficulty in his last match with 3.0 innings of work while giving away seven earned runs. The prediction, Chicago Cubs will win.

 

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs 9/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 2:20 PM ET

 

Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL

 

Date: Friday, September 3, 2021

 

TV: MLBN, ATPT

 

MLB Odds: Chicago Cubs -133

 

MLB Totals: 9

 

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