Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pick

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Prediction 07-10-16

Cubs vs Pirates Preview

The Chicago Cubs were everyone’s choice to win it all for the first two months of the the MLB season but now they look like the one team in most need of time off as they limp toward the All-Star break. The Cubs will try to snap a five-game losing streak in Pittsburgh. Chicago has lost 9 of 10 games and 15 of their last 20. A big drop off from the team that started 47-20. The reason for the drop off is the pitching. The Cubs have holes in the rotation and in the bullpen and have given up an average of 7.4 runs per game over last 10 games. The Pirates are doing what small market teams do to stay competitive. They are using youth, led by top prospects Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell.

Cubs vs Pirates Date Time TV Odds

GAME: Chicago Cubs (52-35) at Pittsburgh Pirates (46-42)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, July 10 – 1:35 PM EST
WHERE: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
LINE: Cubs -144 TOTAL: 8.5
TV: 1:35 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), ROOT (Pittsburgh)

Starting Pitchers:
Cubs RH John Lackey (7-5, 3.50 ERA) vs
LH Jonathon Niese (7-6, 4.87)

Lackey is a part of the problem, in his last time out against Cincinnati he gave up; six runs, six hits, five walks. He has seen his ERA rise from 2.66 to 3.50 over the last four starts with 17 earned runs allowed in 22 2/3 innings. Lackey went 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts against Pittsburgh as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals last season. Niese is rumored to be on the trade block and put up good numbers for the scouts by limiting the Cardinals to one run in 5 2/3 innings on Monday. Niese was ripped for four runs on six hits – three home runs – on 5 1/3 innings at Chicago on June 18.

Cubs vs Pirates Betting Trends

CHICAGO CUBS
Chi Cubs are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs’s last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Chi Cubs are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 11 games when playing Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 3-10 SU in their last 13 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Pittsburgh is 2-7 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs

Umpire Stats David Rackley

15 games Home Teams 11-4 Over/Under 9-6

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Cubs vs Pirates Game Prediction 07-10-16

The Cubs are in free fall. The hype machine early in the season had them one of the great teams of all time. The “curse” would be lifted! But, these are the Cubs and then have been a number of “great” teams that fell apart. Most of the time it is because of one position. Starting pitching. Either injuries or wear and tear can take its toll on the starters and the relievers get burnt out quick. A tired pitching staff is more likely to get injured and this creates the chain reaction of over work and more injuries. The All Star Break is a chance for the Cubs to take a breath and maybe pick up an arm. Could be that if Niesse pitches well today, that he can end up in a Cubs uniform later this year. For the Pirates a big decision is ahead. Do they do the the small market thing and have a fire sale or do they stick with what they have and hope to make the playoffs one more time.
All of this is nice but what about today? Niesse is auditioning for a playoff team and Lackey has a dead arm. I am taking the Pirates on the money line at +134.

Score Prediction:
Pirates 7 – Cubs 4