Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/13/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 3:05 PM (Wrigley Field )

Chicago Cubs -170 / Pittsburgh Pirates +148 O/U: 9.5

TV: ATPT, NSCH

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs will meet up on the MLB diamond to kick off their weekend series on Friday.

Pittsburgh comes in here after a series against the Giants. The Pirates bagged wins Monday and Wednesday but fell 5-4 in the Tuesday game. On Thursday, Pittsburgh won 4-2.

For the Friday game, the Pirates will send out Steven Brault in the start. Brault is 4-4 with a 4.13 ERA and 82 strikeouts this year.

Over on the Cubs’ side, they just finished a set against the Padres. Chicago got a win Monday but then fell 9-8 and 4-0 in the next pair. In the Thursday finale, the Cubs managed a 4-1 win.

For Friday’s outing, the Cubs will send out Jon Lester as the starter. Lester is 12-10 on the year with a 4.51 ERA and 154 Ks.

The Pirates are 4-0 in their last four Friday games and 7-21 in their last 28 versus the NL Central. The over is 4-0-1 in Pittsburgh’s last five in game one of a series and the under is 4-1 in their last five overall.

Meanwhile, the Cubs are 5-0 in their last five in game one of a series and 1-4 in the last five Friday games. Chicago is 1-5 in their last six versus the NL Central and the under is 8-1-2 in their last 11 Friday games.

Lester coughed up eight runs in his last start, but he should do much better here. In three starts against Pittsburgh this season, Lester has a nice 1.84 ERA. Brault should pitch fairly well here also but the duel is probably Lester’s to own. I’m going Cubs in the opener.

Andrew’s Pick Chicago Cubs -170

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.