Chicago Cubs (61-45) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (56-52)
August 1, 2018 7:05 PM ET (PNC Park)
Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels (5-9 4.72) vs. Nick Kingham (5-5 4.80 ERA)
Line: Chicago Cubs -127 Pittsburgh Pirates +117
Run Line: Chicago Cubs -1.5
Free MLB Pick Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Chicago Cubs will send their new acquisition Cole Hamels to start his first game in a Cubs uniform. The Cubs have beenone of the best teams in the National league and look to make a World Series run after winning it all in 2016. With acquiring Hamels, they are getting a pitcher who has not been the pitcher he used to be as he allowed 7 runs in 5 innings in the loss against the Athletics and has struggled this season since coming off an oblique strain in May. The Cubs are in an interesting firestorm as Alex Rodriguez made comments about Yu Darvish being a distraction and Joe Maddon responding back.
The Pirates have been hot recently winning fourteen of their last seventeen games and have won nine of eleven at home. They decided to go out and try to reinforce their starting rotation with getting Chris Archer from the Rays and also Keone Kela from the Rangers at the trade deadline on Tuesday. The move signals they are chasing a playoff spot and now will start Nick Kingham who hasn’t had a stellar year sitting at 5-5 this year and was chased after 3 innings against the Mets his last time out with 6 earned runs and 4 walks. The Pirates have gotten weaker in their batting lineup with Corey Dickerson being place on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. He has led the Pirates in batting average and 4th in the national league.
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The total has gone OVER in 16 of Chi Cubs’s last 24 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Chicago Cubs is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Free MLB Prediction Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Cubs are tied for the lead in the NL Central with the Milwaukee Brewers but enter Wednesday leading the Pirates by six games. The Pirates sit three games out of the NL wild card and are 7-3 in their last 10 and have National league’s best record since July 8. The Pirates won last night’s game 5-4 at home against Chicago. The Cubs had left 7 runners on base and have dropped 3 of 4 but Javier Baez was a bright spot going 3 for 4 with his 22nd home run on the year. The Cubs will need their starting rotation to get a lift and Hamels should provide a boost in the short term at least. The Cubs will rebound tonight with Hamels pitching well and making a good first impression and Kingham struggling.