Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/24/20 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Cubs (32-24) at Pittsburgh Pirates (17-39)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
Alec Mills (5-4) (4.14) vs. Chad Kuhl (1-3) (5.03)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +167 / Chicago Cubs -182 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago Cubs face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, September 24th at PNC Park for game four of a four-game series.
The Pittsburgh Pirates took down the Chicago Cubs by the final score of 2-1 on Wednesday night in game three of this series. In the beginning of that game, it seemed as if we were in store for an offensive slugest. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run for the Cubs in the top of the first, while Adam Frazier and Ke'Bryan Hayes hit solo shots of their own in the bottom half. That 2-1 score would stand the rest of the night, and the Pirates earned their 3rd win against the Cubs this season. The Pirates are now 17-39, but they were officially eliminated from playoff contention a few days ago. The Chicago Cubs are currently 32-24 and they have clinched a playoff spot.
The Chicago Cubs are set to bring right-hander Alec Mills to the mound to face the Pirates. Mills is 5-4 with a 4.14 ERA through 58.2 innings this season with the Cubs. After tossing a no-hitter, Mills allowed four earned runs through 6.0 innings in his next start against the Minnesota Twins on September 19th.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will send right-hander Chad Kuhl to the bump for Thursday's contest. Kuhl is 1-3 with a 5.03 ERA through his first 39.1 innings of the season with the Pirates. Kuhl allowed four total runs -- only one being earned -- through 5.0 innings in his most recent outing against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 18th. Kuhl has struggled in the month of September, as he has allowed 15 earned runs through 14.1 innings so far this month.
I am going to take the over in this spot, as I think both teams will find the scoreboard more frequently than they did on Wednesday. Mills did toss a no-hitter in his second -to-last start, but I think that was more of a fluke than anything else. I expect both teams to hit a few long-balls in this game, with the final score cruising over the total on Thursday afternoon.