Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs Baseball Betting Tips and Predictions 7/14/2019
Sunday, July 14, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Trevor Williams vs. Jose Quintana
Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs (48-43, 1st in NL Central) host the Pittsburgh Pirates (44-46, 4th in NL Central) at Wrigley Field on Sunday, July 14, 2019. The line on this contest has the Pirates priced at +167 and the Cubs are at -177. The over/under is set at 10.
The Pirates have been hot and cold for MLB bettors, having gone 44-46-0 SU. The Cubs are covering 52.8% of the time, going 48-43-0 straight up. The Cubs have been a great bet for MLB wagerers as a favorite, going 39-24-0 SU. The Pirates are covering 45.3% of the time as the underdog, having gone 29-35-0 straight up.
Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pirates have been a great Over bet for O/U wagerers, having gone 53-34-3.
The Pirates are covering 46.8% of the time as the away team, having gone 22-25-0 straight up.
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Cubs are covering 65.2% of the time at Wrigley Field, going 30-16-0 SU.
The Cubs have been a good Over bet for O/U wagerers, having gone 45-44-2.
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
7/12/2019 Gregory Polanco RF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 20
7/12/2019 Corey Dickerson LF Groin Probable for Jul 13
7/12/2019 Erik Gonzalez SS Collarbone Expected to be out until at least Jul 15
7/12/2019 Steven Brault SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 22
7/12/2019 Keone Kela RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 22
7/12/2019 Francisco Cervelli C Concussion Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
7/3/2019 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 2
6/26/2019 Rookie Davis RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Jul 19
6/25/2019 Nick Burdi RP Collarbone Out for the season
6/19/2019 Lonnie Chisenhall RF Calf Expected to be out until at least Jul 19
3/28/2019 Edgar Santana RP Elbow Out for the season
3/1/2019 Chad Kuhl SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
7/12/2019 Xavier Cedeno RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Jul 22
7/12/2019 Brandon Morrow RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 30
7/8/2019 Carl Edwards RP Back Expected to be out until at least Jul 19
7/8/2019 Allen Webster RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Jul 19
7/3/2019 Cole Hamels SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
2/19/2019 Kendall Graveman SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 44-46 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Trevor Williams has a 3-2 record with an earned run average of 4.54 and a WHIP of 1.26 this season. He has 57 strikeouts over his 71.1 innings pitched and he's given up 77 hits. He's allowed 9.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.93 and they have given up 344 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the bullpen and they've struck out 373 hitters and walked 167 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.91. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 821 base hits and 438 earned runs. They have allowed 125 home runs this season, ranking them 15th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 328 batters and struck out 802. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit is 4.60.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .270, good for 3rd in the league. The Pirates hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.5 hits per game. Melky Cabrera is hitting .311 with an on-base percentage of .347. He has 73 hits this season in 235 at bats with 31 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .455 and an OPS+ of 110. Josh Bell is hitting .298 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .372. He has totaled 102 hits and he has driven in 84 men in 342 at bats. His OPS+ is 160 while his slugging percentage is at .640. The Pirates have 853 hits, including 186 doubles and 99 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 244 times so far this season and they have struck out 710 times as a unit. They have left 628 men on base and have a team OPS of .761. They score 4.83 runs per contest and have scored a total of 435 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 48-43 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.19, Jose Quintana has a 6-7 record and a 1.35 WHIP. He has 84 strikeouts over the 101 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 106 hits. He's allowing 9.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.97. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.24 and they have given up 268 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .239 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 295 batters and walked 146 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 4.07. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 756 base knocks and 367 earned runs this season. They have given up 111 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 312 hitters and struck out 781 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.33.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 16th in the league. The Cubs hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Javier Baez comes into this matchup batting .289 with an OBP of .324. He has 104 hits this year along with 62 RBI in 360 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .553 with an OPS+ of 121. Willson Contreras is hitting .286 this season and he has an OBP of .381. He has collected 74 hits in 259 at bats while driving in 52 runs. He has an OPS+ of 139 and a slugging percentage of .556. The Cubs as a unit have 776 base hits, including 152 doubles and 141 homers. Chicago has walked 350 times this year and they have struck out on 823 occasions. They have had 617 men left on base and have an OPS of .787. They have scored 5.04 runs per game and totaled 459 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs -177
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