Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 9/4/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+110) Chicago (-135)
Wrigley Field is the venue where Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs (60-75, 4th in NL Central) will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-86, 5th in NL Central) on Saturday. The Pirates open this contest at +110 while the Cubs are priced at -135. The O/U opens at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Miguel Yajure and Kyle Hendricks.
The Pirates have accumulated 204 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 102 baseballs out of the stadium. Pittsburgh has a slugging % of .360 and have struck out 1,088 times, while drawing a walk on 412 occasions. As a squad, the Pittsburgh Pirates are scoring 3.6 runs per game, which ranks them 30th in baseball. They have accumulated 449 RBI's in addition to 1,021 hits on the campaign, while their average at the plate is .233. They have a total of 475 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .303.
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The Pirates are sitting with a team ERA of 5.06 on the campaign (28th in the league), and their staff has rung up 1,069 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 489 hitters and their FIP is 4.69 as a team this season. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.19 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.41. Pirates pitchers have surrendered 171 home runs and 678 runs (27th in baseball).
The Pirates have sent 458 relief pitchers to the mound this season. The relief pitchers have inherited 163 runners so far this year with 33.1% of those players crossed home plate. They have earned 18 saves on the season and have not converted 13 of 31 save opportunities. The Pirates relief pitchers have a save percentage of 58.1% and has entered the game in 86 save situations. The bullpen have notched 52 holds for the season (27th in baseball). Pirates relief pitchers have entered the contest with runners on base 97 times in addition to having 99 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have accounted for 3,424 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 1,128 assists and 62 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .987 which is 6th in MLB, and have earned 930 double plays. The Pirates have turned 69.0% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 10,272 innings, ranking them 23rd in MLB.
Yajure has taken the hill for 16 innings and has tallied 16 K's in his pro baseball career. Yajure (0-1 win-loss record in his career) has earned a FIP of 5.25 while he has gone up against 63 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 2.76 (5 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 0.980. He has allowed 8 base hits (4.4 hits per nine innings) with 8 free passes.
The Cubs have a SLG% of .398 and they earn 4.22 runs per game (21st in baseball). They have notched 181 doubles, while walking 400 times and earning 565 runs. Chicago has a total of 171 home runs on the year as well as 535 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 1,320 instances (1st in MLB) and have recorded 1,004 base hits. The Chicago Cubs have compiled a team on-base percentage of .304 and a batting average of .230 so far this season.
The Cubs hold a team WHIP of 1.383 and have a FIP of 4.79 as a squad over the course of the season. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.34 (1,141 strikeouts vs 487 free passes). They are currently ranked 23rd in the league as a staff in total hits relinquished with 1,128. They have allowed 191 homers and they surrender 5.15 runs per 9 innings (24th in MLB). The Chicago pitching staff have yielded 669 runs so far this season while holding an ERA of 4.68 (608 earned runs conceded).
With 110 save situations, the Cubs have recorded 66 holds in addition to 10 blown saves. Chicago has had bullpen pitchers enter the game in 43 save chances and they have walked away with 33 saves. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 133 times in high leverage situations in addition to 138 occasions with runners on base. Chicago relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 32.4% out of 222 inherited runners. They are currently ranked 1st in baseball with a save percentage of 76.7%, and they have dispatched 493 relief pitchers to the hill so far this year.
The Chicago Cubs have turned 111 double plays and have a fielding rate of .986 (10th in pro baseball). The Cubs have accrued 1,282 assists, 69 errors and have earned 3,505 putouts during this campaign. Out of their 10,515 innings on the field, the Cubs have earned a defensive efficiency of 69.4% (20th in professional baseball).
During his career, Hendricks has conceded 1,106 hits while he has totaled 999 strikeouts in 1,203 frames. He has allowed 440 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.136 and a FIP of 3.7. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.83 and he has faced 4,906 hitters so far in his MLB career. Hendricks (83-54 mark in his career) holds a 3.29 ERA while conceding 8.3 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (-135)
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