Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 9/29/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+100) Pittsburgh (-125)
PNC Park is the venue where Miguel Yajure and the Pittsburgh Pirates (58-98, 5th in NL Central) will take on the Chicago Cubs (67-89, 4th in NL Central) on Wednesday. The Cubs open this matchup at +100 while the Pirates are priced at -125. The O/U has been set at 7.5. The men taking the mound are Kyle Hendricks and Miguel Yajure.
The Cubs have accrued 213 two-baggers as a team and have hit 205 balls out of the stadium. Chicago is slugging .407 and have been called out on strikes 1,552 times, while drawing a walk on 474 occasions. As a unit, the Chicago Cubs are earning 4.3 runs/g, which ranks them 21st in MLB. They have amassed 643 RBI's in addition to 1,197 hits this year, while their average at the plate is sitting at .234. They have accounted for 675 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .309.
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Cubs pitchers have conceded 230 home runs and also 818 runs (28th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 576 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 4.90 as a team for the season. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.29 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.41. The Cubs have an ERA of 4.94 on the year (27th in MLB), and their staff has rung up 1,317 hitters.
Cubs pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 165 times as well as having 165 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have a total of 73 holds this year (16th in MLB). The Cubs relief pitchers have earned a save rate of 70.4% and has entered the game in 128 save situations. They have recorded 38 saves so far this year and have blown 16 of their 54 chances to save the game. The relievers have inherited 271 base runners for the year and 35.1% of those players crossed the plate. The Cubs have sent 581 relief pitchers to the mound on the season.
The Chicago Cubs have earned 4,086 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 1,495 assists and 84 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .985 which has them sitting 15th in baseball, and they have turned 999 double plays. The Cubs have turned 69.0% of balls in play into outs out of 12,258 innings, which has them sitting 22nd in pro baseball.
Hendricks (83-55 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.74 while he has faced 4,996 opposing batters during his time in the majors. He has allowed 1,126 base hits (8.3 hits per nine innings) with 269 free passes. His ERA is 3.36 (457 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.140. Hendricks has taken the ball for 1,223 innings and has totaled 1,008 K's during his pro baseball career.
The Pirates have a team slugging % of .362 and they are recording 3.71 runs per contest (30th in the league). They have put up 234 doubles, while taking a walk 508 times and putting up 579 runs. Pittsburgh has recorded 121 home runs over the course of the season to go along with 541 RBIs. They have been rung up on 1,277 occasions (25th in baseball) and have totaled 1,203 hits. The Pittsburgh Pirates have accounted for an on-base percentage of .307 in addition to a batting average of .234 so far this year.
The Pirates have a team WHIP of 1.431 and have a FIP of 4.75 as a pitching staff on the campaign. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.17 (1,261 strikeouts against 580 free passes). They are sitting at 24th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 1,340. They have allowed 207 dingers and they allow 5.37 runs per 9 innings (27th in baseball). The Pittsburgh pitching staff have surrendered 801 runs on the campaign while holding an ERA of 5.08 (757 earned runs relinquished).
Sitting with 119 save situations, the Pirates have accrued 71 holds in addition to 22 blown saves. Pittsburgh has called on relievers to take the mound in 45 save chances and they have walked away with 23 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 126 times in high leverage situations in addition to 115 occasions with runners on base. Pittsburgh relievers have an inherited score rate of 33.9% out of 192 inherited runners. They are ranked 27th in baseball with a save percentage of 51.1%, and they have dispatched 554 relief pitchers to the mound so far this season.
In 12,081 innings on the field, the Pirates have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 68.8% (23rd in pro baseball). The Pittsburgh Pirates have twisted 132 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .987 (4th in baseball). The Pirates have racked up 1,326 assists, 69 errors and are sitting with 4,027 putouts for the year.
In his career, Yajure has surrendered 13 base hits while accumulating 18 K's in 20 innings. Yajure (0-1 career mark) has a 3.60 ERA and has conceded 5.9 hits per nine innings. He has allowed a total of 8 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.150 and being the owner of a FIP of 6.4. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.80 and he has gone up against 82 hitters so far in his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (+100)
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