Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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

Over/Under: 8

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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Chicago Cubs

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 Pirates

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.

Pick: Chicago -127 

#Cubs nnotebook: Montgomery to DL as precaution, Chatwood to start, and Yu update.

[email protected] place LHP Mike Montgomery (left shoulder inflammation) on 10-day DL, retro to 8/14; recall LHP Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa.

#Cubs Yu Darvish will make rehab start Sunday for @SBCubs

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[email protected] acquire 3B Sherten Apostel as PTBNL from @Pirates to complete 7/30 trade; acquire LHP Joshua Javier as PTBNL from @Dbacks to complete 7/31 trade.

In my @AHNtoday GRIND, I go all-#Pirates from PNC Park because it's still baseball season dammit

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Yikes. Six-hit shutout. Nothing going on offensively at all, top to bottom. Never mind the standings. This team just needs to get back to some semblance of productive ball. #DKPS #Pirates

Freese with the old Craig Wilson turn there. He had zero intention of NOT letting that ball hit him. Grizzled vet 'n at. #DKPS #Pirates

The amount of soft contact, actual close-to-silent at-bats for the Pirates here is staggering. Can't give too much credit to Jon Lester, either. This went on all through that trip, too. #DKPS #Pirates

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Author: Tanner Owens

Tanner is a true sports bettor who balances trends with real time sports information to find the odds in his favor. Typically loves when bettors drive up the odds when teams get hot, as he knows when exactly to pull the plug on them. Is passionate about MMA and Soccer, as well as NBA and college basketball.

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