PittsburghPirates13-19
6
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PIT4020000006110
CHC010100003562
5
ChicagoCubs17-16

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs Lines and Odds

 
 
957 PITPiratesT. Anderson
958 CHCCubsK. Hendricks
Betting
LineSUATSO/U
o6 13-1915-1713-19
-151 17-1616-1715-17
Scoring
PPGOPPG
3.444.41
4.614.73
Powerline Rating
CurrentEstimateEdge
+129 +222
-151 -222
 
Tyler Anderson (PIT)
Kyle Hendricks (CHC)
WLK/GBB/GHA/GHRA/GERAWHIP
433.21.94.50.44.41.4
655.30.76.10.82.91

Head-to-Head Series History

Cubs
vs.
Pirates

Cubs are 5-5 (50%) in moneyline bets in their last 10 games against PIT for -0.45 total units lost

Cubs
vs.
Pirates

Cubs are 8-2 (80%) in runline bets in their last 10 games against PIT for 5.27 total units won

Cubs
vs.
Pirates

Cubs are 8-2 (80%) in under bets in their last 10 games against PIT for 5.27 total units won

Cubs vs. Pirates Series Betting Preview

The Chicago Cubs visit the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game NL Central showdown at PNC Park, with action starting on Tuesday, September 1. With both teams coming from states with legal sports betting, the sportsbooks should see plenty of action on this series.

The last time these two teams met in a series was roughly a month ago and the Cubs took all three games.

Chicago got off to a hot start and sits atop the division, well out in front. The Pirates sit in the NL Central cellar, which puts these two squads at opposite ends of the spectrum. Neither team has suffered any long-term losses to key position players, but the Cubs have been without third baseman Kris Bryant as he has a sprained left ring finger and a left wrist injury that required an injection last week. Bryant has not been officially ruled out for the series.

The Cubs vs. Pirates odds see Chicago as the favorite, and the Cubs will likely maintain the role as betting favorite throughout the series unless a catastrophe occurs. One thing that could benefit the Cubs is that they have a day off before this series starts, whereas the Pirates have played 14 games over the past 13 days.

As always, make sure you compare Cubs vs. Pirates lines across various sportsbooks using our odds comparison tool. It can also help you see the best prices from across the entire MLB market, and every sports bettor should want to get the best price they can. The odds comparison tool is a great way to shop the best Cubs vs. Pirates odds.

Cubs Have Edges in Pitching and Hitting

Pittsburgh might get a break and likely will not see Cubs ace Yu Darvish, but the Chicago rotation will feature Jon Lester, who gave up just one run in six innings to the Pirates on August 2. Kyle Hendricks is also expected to start a game in the series. The Cubs bullpen has cooled off since a stellar start to the season and now ranks in the bottom third of MLB in bullpen WHIP.

Offensively, Anthony Rizzo, Ian Happ, and Kyle Schwarber have helped carry the club in the absence of Bryant. The Cubs have been a top-10 unit in ISO and a top-five team in on-base percentage.

The Cubs offense will be a popular one for Cubs vs. Pirates props, especially with Pittsburgh’s issues in its starting rotation and bullpen.

Pittsburgh is expected to start right-hander Chad Kuhl in the first game. Kuhl has been one of the best pitchers in the National League through August. Trevor Williams is also slated to start. Pittsburgh’s rotation has been one of the three worst units in MLB when you look at it through both advanced and old school statistics.

The Pirates bullpen was better than expected early this season, but they’ve nose-dived to the bottom of the league in many categories, including WHIP and xFIP.

Offensively, the Pirates have consistently been one of the two lowest-scoring teams in baseball. They hope to get third baseman Colin Moran back this series. Moran leads the team in home runs but has recently been sidelined with a concussion.

Chicago will likely be favored in every game when you shop Cubs vs. Pirates odds.

Pitching
PitchingIPHRBBHRK
T. Anderson842106
K. Crick0.102100
R. Rodríguez0.221001
Hitting
HittingABHRRBIBBSOSBHR
A. Frazier51100100
K. Newman52100000
K. Tom31102100
J. Stallings51010000
E. González51100100
W. Difo53230200
T. Frazier42000100
T. Stokes Jr.40000000
T. Anderson40000400
Pitching
PitchingIPHRBBHRK
K. Hendricks596103
J. Steele200102
D. Maples100002
J. Adam120003
Hitting
HittingABHRRBIBBSOSBHR
M. Duffy40000100
W. Contreras40000200
A. Rizzo31200000
K. Bryant21202000
D. Bote40000000
J. Heyward30010000
I. Vargas41020100
K. Hendricks10000000
J. Pederson43120100
E. Sogard10000000
T. Wolters10000100
N. Martini10000100
J. Báez10000000
RLMLTeamOppMLRLScoreO/U

CHCCubs

  • Shelby Miller (SP) Miller has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain, and it is undetermined if he will return to action. 04/23 · Out · Back
  • Dan Winkler (RP) Winkler has wound up on the 10-day injured list due to right triceps tendinitis, and the severity of the injury is unclear. 05/04 · Out · Tricep
  • Jake Arrieta (SP) Arrieta has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right thumb abrasion, and he is not expected to be activate until the middle of May. 05/07 · Out · Thumb
  • Javier Báez (SS) Baez left the previous game with back tightness, and it is unclear if he will be available to face the Pirates on Sunday. 05/08 · Questionable · Back
  • Jake Marisnick (CF) Marisnick left the previous contest with a right hamstring injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Tuesday contest against Cleveland. 05/09 · Questionable · Hamstring
  • Austin Romine (C) Romine has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a left wrist sprain, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date. 05/05 · Out · Wrist
  • Ian Happ (CF) Happ has been assigned to the 10-day injured list with a left rib contusion, and he will miss an extended period. 05/07 · Out · Ribs
  • Jonathan Holder (RP) Holder has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a right shoulder strain, and he will miss an extended period. 04/26 · Out · Chest
  • Rowan Wick (RP) Wick has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to an oblique strain, and he will miss an undetermined length of time. 05/04 · Out · Ribs
  • Trevor Megill (RP) Megill has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list due to right forearm strain, and it is unknown when he will be available to return. 04/30 · Out · Forearm
  • Nico Hoerner (SS) Hoerner has been assigned to the 10-day injured list with a left forearm strain, and he is without a definitive timetable for recovery. 05/04 · Out · Forearm

PITPirates

  • Gregory Polanco (RF) Polanco has been assigned to the COVID-19 injured list, and there is no timetable for return. 05/04 · Out · Illness
  • Colin Moran (3B) Moran has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list with a groin injury, and it is unclear when he will be available to return. 05/09 · Out · Groin
  • Steven Brault (SP) Brault is sidelined with a back injury, and he is not expected to return to action until early June. 03/24 · Out · Back
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes (3B) Hayes has wound up on the 60-day injured list with a left wrist injury, and there is no projection for when he will return. 05/09 · Out · Wrist
  • Chad Kuhl (SP) Kuhl had been added to the 10-day injured list due to a right shoulder injury, and it has yet to be established when he will return. 04/22 · Out · Shoulder
  • Bryan Reynolds (LF) Reynolds is tending to a lower-body injury, and it is up in the air if he will take the field to face the Cubs on Sunday. 05/09 · Questionable · Lower Body
  • Austin Davis (RP) Davis has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to elbow soreness, and he is not projected to make his season debut until the middle of July. 03/17 · Out · Elbow
  • José Soriano (SP) Soriano has landed on the 60-day injured list as he recuperates from Tommy John surgery, and it is unclear how long he will be out of the lineup. 03/28 · Out · Elbow
  • Blake Cederlind (RP) Cederlind is on the 60-day injured list after undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair a right UCL strain, and he will miss the entire 2021 season. 03/28 · Out · Elbow