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Cubs vs Pirates Free MLB Pick, 8-18-2018


Chicago Cubs (71-50, 33-27 Away) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (61-62, 33-31 Home)

Saturday, August 18th, 7:05 PM EST

Line: Pirates -110, O/U 8.5

Featured Matchup by David Luang

 

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates take the field for Game 3 of their four-game weekend series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.  Chicago snagged Game 1 on Thursday by a score of 1-0 and Game 2 by a score of 1-0. Tonight, Tyler Chatwood will leave the bullpen to climb the mound for Chicago in Game 3 and Pittsburgh will counter with Joe Musgrove.  Tyler Chatwood will be summoned from the bullpen to replace scheduled starter Mike Montgomery, who went on the disabled list Friday with left shoulder inflammation  

 

Starting Pitchers: Cubs RH Tyler Chatwood (4-5, 5.06 ERA) vs. Pirates Joe Musgrove (4-7, 3.49 ERA)

 

Cubs are 4-0 in Chatwood’s last 4 starts vs. a team with a losing record

Cubs are 5-0 in Chatwood’s last 5 starts

Pirates are 3-8 in Musgroves last 11 starts

Pirates are 1-5 in Musgroves last 6 home starts

 

Chatwood will be summoned from the bullpen to replace scheduled starter Mike Montgomery, who went on the disabled list Friday with left shoulder inflammation.  Pittsburgh scores 4.51 RPG and there aren’t too many threats in the Pirates lineup at this stage in the season. Chicago has won three straight games and seven out of their last ten while the Pirates have lost five straight and six out of their last ten.  Pittsburgh looked like a team that would contend around the All-Star break but they weren’t able to sustain the momentum and they have since lost 13 of the last 21 contests. The Cubs and Pirates are two teams heading in opposite directions and I like the Cubs to take Game 3 on Saturday night.  

 

Cubs vs Pirates Pick: Cubs -110

 

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