Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/2/20 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Cubs (21-14) at Pittsburgh Pirates (10-23)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Kyle Hendricks (3-4) (4.09) vs. Derek Holland (1-2) (7.62)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +188 / Chicago Cubs -205 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, September 2nd at PNC Park for game two of a three-game series.
The Chicago Cubs took down the Pittsburgh Pirates in extra innings on Tuesday night by the final score of 8-7. The Pirates had to erase a 6-1 deficit in this one, as the Cubs held that lead after five innings of play. The Pirates stormed for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 6-5 after six. In the bottom of the eighth, Ke'Bryan Hayes, who was making his MLB debut, hit a solo home run to tie the game at 6-6. The Cubs went on to win the game in the 11th inning to move to 21-14 on the year. The Cubs are currently in first place in the NL Central, and they have a 3.0 game lead over the second-place Cardinals. The Pirates are 13 games under .500 at 10-23, as the Buckos are in the midst of their rebuilding process. Hayes homering in his debut is a promising and exciting sign of what may be on the horizon for the Pirates and their future.
The Chicago Cubs are set to send right-hander Kyle Hendricks to the mound to face the Pirates. Hendricks is 3-4 with a 4.09 ERA through his first 44.0 innings with the Cubs this season. Hendricks is coming off his worst start of the season, as he allowed 10 hits and five earned runs through 5.0 innings against the Reds on August 28th.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will bring left-hander Derek Holland to the bump for Tuesday's game. Holland is 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA through his first 28.1 innings with the Pirates this season. Holland was rocked in his last start, as he allowed eight earned runs in 5.0 innings against the Brewers on August 28th on the road.
The Cubs are monster favorites on the road here, as the lines makers have no trust in Derek Holland after such a horrific start. Hendricks does not have to be spectacular for the Cubbies to win this game easily, and I think he does just enough for Chicago to win this game by at least two runs.