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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates 9/30/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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PNC Park will play host to the third and final installment in a three-game set between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.  The Pirates took Game 1 with a single run win and the Cubs returned the favor on Tuesday with a single run win too.  The Cubs are in fourth-place at the NL Central Division at 68-90 while the Pirates are in last place at 59-99. 

 

The Chicago Cubs snapped their 7-game losing streak with the 3-2 victory against the Pirates on Tuesday.  The Cubs were swept by the Cardinals in four games and the Twins in a doubleheader match, coming into this series.  The Cubs have only won two of their last 11 games. Chicago is struggling at the plate posting a .235 batting average which improved to 24th, and 681 runs scored which dropped to 22nd in MLB.  The Cubs’ ERA dropped to 27th at 4.96 and they posted a whip of 1.41 which is 27th in MLB.  Chicago allowed their opponents to bat at an average of .256 which dropped to 24th in the league.  For Thursday’s finale matchup, the Cubs are sending Justin Steele to the hill.  The left-hander is 3-4 with an ERA of 4.86 and 52 strikeouts this season.  This will be a second career start for Steele against the Pirates.  

 

  • The Chicago Cubs are 8-1 SU in its last 9 games against Pittsburgh.
  • The Cubs are 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road against Pittsburgh.
  • The total went OVER in 6 of the Chicago Cubs’ last 7 games on the road.

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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Predictions 9/30/2021

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ inconsistency continues to pose a problem for the team.  The Pirates won the series opener against the Cubs at 8-6 but could not extend the win in Game 2.  Pittsburgh lost their game against the Reds before this series but won the series finale against the Phillies with a 6-run shutout.  They however lost the first three games of that series against the Phillies.  The Pirates won 3 of their last 10 games.  Pittsburgh’s offense struggled the entire season, ranking 26th in batting at .235 and last in MLB with 587 runs scored. Pittsburgh posted a team ERA of 5.08 which is ranked 28th and allowed their opponents to bat at an average of .2609 which dropped to 28th in the league.  The Pirates are sending Miguel Yajure to the mound for Thursday’s finale match.  The right-handed pitcher is 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA and has struck out 10 batters this season.   

 

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates are 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home.
  • The Pirates are 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home against the Chicago Cubs.
  • The total went OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games against the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates. The MLB pick for this game goes to the Chicago Cubs.  The play here is OVER.  The Cubs and the Pirates have nothing to play for since both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs.  Both teams are sending weak pitchers on the mound so expect runs to pile up in this game. The Cubs lead this series with 13 wins in their last 18 games. Taking the game on the road is the Chicago Cubs.  Final Score Prediction and Play is OVER 7-5.  

 

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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates 9/30/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 6:35 PM ET

 

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh

 

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021

 

TV: SportsNet PIT

 

MLB Odds: Chicago Cubs -132

 

MLB Totals: 8.0

 

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