Cubs vs. Pirates Series Betting Preview
The Chicago Cubs host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game NL Central showdown in Wrigley Field, with action starting on Friday, July 31. With both teams coming from states with legal sports betting, the sportsbooks should see plenty of action on this series.
Chicago has gotten off to a hot start and sits atop the division. Both teams enter the series relatively healthy. Neither team has suffered any long-term losses to key position players, but the Cubs did sit third baseman Kris Bryant as a precaution earlier in the week as he battles a sore left elbow.
Both clubs have suffered key injuries to their rotation. The Cubs will be without starting pitcher Jose Quintana (thumb), while Pittsburgh is playing without its top-two starters this season, as Chris Archer (neck) and Jameson Taillon (elbow) are on the IL.
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 something big happens. One thing that could benefit the Pirates is that they have a day off before this series starts, whereas the Cubs will be entering the series having played seven days in a row.
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Cubs Have Edges in Pitching and Hitting
Pittsburgh gets a break and will not see Cubs starting pitchers Kyle Hendricks or Yu Darvish, but the Cubs rotation will still feature Jon Lester, who threw five shutout innings in his season debut against a high-powered Cincinnati Reds offense. Alec Mills is also coming off a strong start to the season and is expected to match up with the Pirates during the series. The team’s bullpen has had a stellar start as well.
Offensively, Chicago third baseman Kris Bryant could be limited with a sore left elbow, but first baseman Anthony Rizzo, short stop Javier Baez and catcher Wilson Contreras have helped the offense get off to one of the hottest starts in baseball, which will likely push up their odds in the series.
The Cubs offense will be a popular one for Cubs vs. Pirates props, especially with Pittsburgh’s issues in their starting rotation.
Pittsburgh will counter with right-hander Trevor Williams in the first game. Williams has a career 7.62 ERA in seven appearances at Wrigley Field. Live-armed rookie Mitch Keller should also get a start in the series.
Similar to the Cubs, the Pirates bullpen has been better than expected early this season.
Offensively, the Pirates have struggled out of the gate with the exception of third baseman Colin Moran.
Chicago will likely be favored in every game when you shop Cubs vs. Pirates odds.