Chicago Cubs (32-24) at Pittsburgh Pirates (17-39)

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 1:35 pm

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At 1:35 pm, our selection is on the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Cubs RHP Alec Mills gets his second start since tossing his first career no-hitter on September 13.  Not surprisingly, Mills' first start since the no-no was a bit of a let-down as the Cubs were soundly beaten 8-1 (and we cashed our highest-rated play of the season in that game on the Twins).  But that outing last Saturday was against one of the best offenses in the league, and Mills really didn't pitch that badly (4 ER in 6 IP with 7 Ks and 1 BB).  He gets a significant break tonight by facing the Pirates.  Just how bad is the Bucs' hitting this season?  They are batting a paltry .214 (somehow not the worst in the league -- CIN @ .211) and their OPS is an MLB-worst .619 which is almost 20 points below the next team.  Somehow, Mills lost to this team back on September 3, but that means this afternoon is a revenge situation as well.   Pittsburgh will go with RH Chad Kuhl and to say that the Cubs are a problem for him is an understatement.  In 11 previous games (10 starts) vs. the Cubs, Kuhl is 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA.  Take Chicago.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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