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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (71-50) at Pittsburgh Pirates (61-62)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Mike Montgomery (4-4) (3.62) vs. Joe Musgrove (4-7) (3.49)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +125 / Chicago Cubs -140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN

PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Chicago Cubs in Saturday MLB.

The Chicago Cubs recorded their second straight 1-0 victory at Pittsburgh on Friday. Chicago starter Cole Hamels was at his best with seven shutout innings before four relievers put up zeros.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cubs managed six hits and three bases on balls with Kyle Schwarber connecting with a solo bomb in the second inning.

The Cubs have tabbed Mike Montgomery as Saturday’s starter at the Pirates.  Montgomery has appeared in 32 games (13 starts) and has gone 4-4 with a 3.67 ERA.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been unable to generate any offense n the first two games of their series versus the visiting Cubs. Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams surrendered a solo homer through seven innings to absorb the loss.

The Pirates attack consisted of seven hits and three free passes with Starling Marte going 2-4 while Gregory Polanco singled and walked twice.

Joe Musgrove draws Saturday’s starting assignment against the Cubs. Musgrove has dropped three straight despite allowing five earned runs over 20 innings pitched.

Over is 8-2 in Chicago last 10 Saturday games and under is 7-2 in Chicago last 9 overall and under is 7-2 in Chicago last 9 on grass. Under is 25-7-2 in Pittsburgh last 34 Saturday games and Pittsburgh are 3-8 in Musgrove’s last 11 starts and Pittsburgh are 3-8 in Musgrove’s last 11 starts on grass. Chicago are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh.

This is a tough one to bet in my view and I wouldn’t do anything big…

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