Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 5/9/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs (15-16, 3rd in NL Central) host the Pittsburgh Pirates (13-17, 5th in NL Central) at Wrigley Field on Sunday.
Pittsburgh is slugging .347 and have struck out 257 times, while drawing a walk on 100 occasions. They have accounted for 102 RBI's and 221 hits so far this season, while their team batting average is .225. The Pirates have hit 51 doubles as a unit and have hit 21 baseballs out of the stadium. They have racked up 106 runs while holding a team OBP of .304. As a team, the Pittsburgh Pirates are putting up 3.5 runs per game, which has them at 27th in baseball.
The Pirates hold a team ERA of 4.31 on the year (21st in the league), and their staff has rung up 255 hitters. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.45 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.26. Pirates pitchers have conceded 33 home runs and 135 total runs (16th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 104 hitters and their FIP is 4.16 as a unit on the year.
The Pirates have dispatched 106 relievers to the hill on the campaign. The relievers have inherited 37 runners this season with 21.6% of those players earned a run for their team. They have tallied 5 saves for the season and have blown 1 of their 6 save chances. The Pirates relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 83.3% and has stepped onto the mound in 25 save situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 17 holds over the course of the season (13th in the league). Pirates relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 23 times and also have had 23 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Pirates have turned 70.5% of baseballs in play into outs out of 2,313 innings, which ranks them 14th in the majors. The Pittsburgh Pirates have a total of 771 putouts this year, as well as 276 assists and 22 errors. Their fielding rate is at .979 which is 25th in MLB, and have a total of 222 double plays.
Anderson (24-30 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.38 while he has gone up against 2,078 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. He has given up 490 base hits (9.0 hits per nine innings) and has 160 free passes. His earned run average is 4.56 (248 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.327. Anderson has thrown 490 frames and has totaled 439 K's during his MLB career.
The Cubs have a slugging percentage of .406 and they have an average of 4.71 runs per game (9th in baseball). They have hit 44 doubles, while getting a free base 119 times and putting up 146 runs. Chicago has a total of 41 home runs on the season to go along with 140 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 314 occasions (6th in baseball) and have a total of 224 hits. The Chicago Cubs have accumulated an OBP of .315 in addition to a team batting average of .224 so far this year.
The Cubs are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.436 and have a FIP of 4.81 as a unit on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.20 (293 strikeouts against 133 bases on balls). They rank 23rd in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 259. They have surrendered 44 HR's and they surrender 5.01 runs per 9 innings (23rd in baseball). The Chicago pitching staff have given up 152 runs for the year while having an ERA of 4.71 (143 earned runs relinquished).
Sitting with 28 save situations, the Cubs have earned 18 holds and 3 blown saves. Chicago has called on relievers to enter the game in 9 save opportunities and they have walked away with 6 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 39 times in high leverage situations and also on 39 occasions with runners on. Chicago relievers hold an inherited score rate of 29.0% out of their 62 inherited runners. They rank 12th in the league holding a save rate of 66.7%, and they have sent 127 relievers to the mound this year.
Out of their 2,457 innings on the field, the Cubs hold a efficiency on defense of 68.6% (24th in pro baseball). The Chicago Cubs have twisted 28 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .986 (7th in the majors). The Cubs have accrued 289 assists, 16 errors and have a tally of 819 putouts so far this year.
In his pro baseball career, Hendricks has conceded 970 base hits and he has 909 strikeouts in 1,077 innings pitched. He has allowed 383 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.119 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.6. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.87 and he has gone up against 4,370 opposing batters in his MLB career. Hendricks (71-51 mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.20 earned run average and has surrendered 8.1 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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