Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Best Odds and Preview for September 4, 2021


By BestOdds Analyst | September 4, 2021, 10:45 am

Anthony Alford leads the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-87) into a contest against the Chicago Cubs (61-75) following his two-home run showing in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs. The Cubs are moneyline favorites (-130) for this tilt against the underdog Pirates (+110), which begins at 2:20 PM ET on Saturday.

Chicago has Kyle Hendricks projected to start, while Pittsburgh has yet to name a starter.

Best Odds for Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Welcome to the BestOdds betting breakdown where we use data from our industry leading partner, Sportradar, to identify performance trends in order to analyze teams’ chances to win the upcoming game.

Today, we are looking at the MLB matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates in which the Cubs are currently the pick among bettors at regulated sportsbooks to claim victory.

Cubs vs Pirates Moneyline Action

Cubs vs Pirates Moneyline Action
Cubs Pirates
% of Bets 78% 22%
% of Stake 65% 35%

Cubs Insights

Betting Trends

  • The Cubs have been chosen as favorites in 60 games this year and have walked away with the win 36 times (60%) in those games.
  • Chicago and their opponents have hit the over in 60 of their 136 games with a total set by oddsmakers this season.
  • The Cubs have scored the 21st-most runs in the league this season with 577 (4.2 per game).
  • In three games as the favorite over the last 10 contests, Chicago has a perfect record of 3-0.
  • In their last 10 games with an over/under, the Cubs and their opponents have combined to clear the total six times.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

  • The Cubs will send Hendricks (14-6) out for his 28th start of the season. He is 14-6 with a 4.43 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 156 1/3 innings pitched.
  • The righty’s last appearance was on Sunday against the White Sox, when he tossed 4 2/3 innings, surrendering eight earned runs while allowing seven hits.
  • Hendricks’ team is 16-11 in his 27 starts.
  • Hendricks’ starts went over the run total 16 times in 27 games with a set total this season.

Key Players

Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Frank Schwindel 30 .345 .385 .655 8 23 38
Patrick Wisdom 87 .247 .306 .557 25 50 67
Robinson Chirinos 35 .250 .355 .488 4 12 20
Rafael Ortega 75 .292 .345 .478 9 29 61
Michael Hermosillo 14 .206 .250 .529 3 7 7
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Pirates Insights

Betting Trends

  • The Pirates have been the underdog on the moneyline 127 total times this season. They’ve finished 43-84 in those games.
  • Pittsburgh has had an over/under set by bookmakers 135 times, and has combined with opponents to go over the total in 64 of those games (64-65-6).
  • The Pirates are the lowest scoring team in MLB action averaging 3.6 runs per game (485 total).
  • Pittsburgh was the moneyline underdog for each of its last 10 games, and went 3-7 in those matchups.
  • Over their last 10 outings, the Pirates and their opponents combined to hit the over five times.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

Key Players

Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo 16 .270 .317 .811 5 11 10
Bryan Reynolds 132 .297 .374 .507 21 77 141
Colin Moran 74 .283 .340 .429 8 37 68
Ben Gamel 87 .251 .337 .400 6 19 64
Wilmer Difo 91 .272 .335 .380 3 18 50

Pick for Cubs vs. Pirates

Bet split data from regulated betting sites paired with an in-depth games analysis favors the Cubs to win over the Pirates.

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