Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates 8/18/2018 Free MLB Parlay
Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Montgomery vs. Joe Musgrove
The Chicago Cubs visit PNC Park on Saturday, August 18, 2018 to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable starters are Mike Montgomery for the Cubs and Joe Musgrove for the Pirates.
The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at -115 and Pittsburgh at +105. The Cubs have a 55-63-2 over/under record and a 61-59-0 run line mark. The Pirates are 59-63-0 against the run line and have a 59-56-7 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 55-63-2 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 61-59-0 against the run line
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 59-56-7 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 59-63-0 against the run line
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
08/03/18 P Brian Duensing Shoulder 10-day DL (08/03)
07/26/18 3B Kris Bryant Shoulder 10-day DL (07/24)
07/21/18 P Anthony Bass Back 10-day DL (07/21)
07/19/18 P Brandon Morrow Biceps 10-day DL (07/18)
06/27/18 P Justin Hancock Shoulder 60-day DL (06/26)
06/24/18 P Rob Zastryzny Back 10-day DL (06/24)
05/26/18 P Yu Darvish Triceps 60-day DL (05/23)
03/26/18 P Drew Smyly Elbow 60-day DL (02/16)
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
08/17/18 SS Jordy Mercer Calf 10-day DL (08/15)
08/08/18 RF Sean Rodriguez Abdominal 10-day DL (08/06)
06/29/18 P Chad Kuhl Forearm 60-day DL (06/27)
06/29/18 P Nik Turley Arm 60-day DL (06/29)
03/26/18 P A.J. Schugel Shoulder 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Nick Burdi Elbow 60-day DL (02/20)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 70-50 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Montgomery has a 4-4 record with an earned run average of 3.62 and a WHIP of 1.34 this year. He has 61 strikeouts over his 99.1 innings pitched and he's given up 101 hits. He allows 9.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.96. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.30 and they have given up 362 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen and they've struck out 435 hitters and walked 207 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.82. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 970 base hits and 462 earned runs. They have allowed 126 home runs this season, ranking them 22nd in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 488 batters and struck out 989. They have walked 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.32.
As a team Chicago is hitting .264, good for 2nd in the league. The Cubs hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .342, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.2 hits per game. Javier Baez is hitting .293 with an on-base percentage of .325. He has 129 hits this season in 441 at bats with 89 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .571 and an OPS+ of 130. Willson Contreras is hitting .272 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .362. He has totaled 100 hits and he has driven in 41 men in 368 at bats. His OPS+ is 108 while his slugging percentage is at .429. The Cubs have 1,098 hits, including 219 doubles and 125 home runs. Chicago has walked 451 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,000 times as a unit. They have left 932 men on base and have a team OPS of .761. They score 4.88 runs per contest and have scored a total of 585 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 61-61 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.49, Joe Musgrove has a 4-7 record and a 1.23 WHIP this year. He has 62 strikeouts over the 80 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 78 hits. He allows 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP is at 3.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.21 and they have given up 399 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 439 batters and walked 183 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.2. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,073 base knocks and 505 earned runs this season. They have given up 125 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 388 hitters and struck out 974 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.08.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 8th in the league. The Pirates hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Josh Harrison comes into this matchup batting .261 with an OBP of .302. He has 78 hits this year along with 32 RBI in 299 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .368 with an OPS+ of 83. Starling Marte is hitting .276 this season and he has an OBP of .320. He has collected 114 hits in 413 at bats while driving in 57 runs. He has an OPS+ of 113 and a slugging percentage of .467. The Pirates as a unit have 1,052 base hits, including 208 doubles and 127 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 362 times this year and they have struck out on 938 occasions. They have had 811 men left on base and have an OPS of .732. They have scored 4.51 runs per game and totaled 550 runs this season.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Cubs -115 and over 8.5 total runs
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