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Pirates vs. Cubs Betting Odds, Free Picks, and Predictions - 2:20 PM ET (Sat, May 18, 2024)

The Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Chicago Cubs in MLB Baseball action on Saturday, May 18, 2024. First pitch is set for 2:20 PM ET.

Need betting advice for this game? You've found the right article! We at CapperTek have all the latest sports betting tools and information to help put you on the winning side of the betting action for this match-up.

Pirates vs. Cubs Game Details and Betting Odds

Away Team: Pittsburgh Pirates (Underdog)
Home Team: Chicago Cubs (Favorite)
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Time: 2:20 PM ET
League: Major League Baseball (MLB)

Pittsburgh Pirates Moneyline: +179
Chicago Cubs Moneyline: -197

Pittsburgh Pirates Run Line: +1.5 (-124)
Chicago Cubs Run Line: -1.5 (+110)

Game Total Runs: 8 (Over -103 / Under -111)

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A Deeper Look Inside the Betting Numbers

We here at CapperTek provide in-depth betting trends for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs, but let's take a deeper look inside some of the betting numbers for this match-up right now.

First let's take a glance at the away team and +179 betting underdogs, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In their last 10 games, the Pirates have a Straight Up record of 4 wins, 6 losses and an active Straight Up streak of 2 wins in a row. Also in their last 10 games, the Pirates have an Against-the-Spread record of 6 wins, 4 losses and an active Against-the-Spread streak of 2 wins in a row. The Game Total Runs results for Pirates games have a record of 7 overs, 1 under, 2 pushes in their last 10 games with an active streak of 3 overs in a row.

OK now let's take a glance at the home team and -197 betting favorites, the Chicago Cubs.

In their last 10 games, the Cubs have a Straight Up record of 4 wins, 6 losses and an active Straight Up streak of 2 losses in a row. Also in their last 10 games, the Cubs have an Against-the-Spread record of 2 wins, 8 losses and an active Against-the-Spread streak of 2 losses in a row. The Game Total Runs results for Cubs games have a record of 4 overs, 5 unders, 1 push in their last 10 games with an active streak of 2 overs in a row.

If you want more detailed betting information for this match-up such as the trends or steaks broken down into Home vs. Away splits, or Favorite vs. Underdog splits, make sure to check out the Pirates vs. Cubs Trend Finder directly.

Who's Going to Win This Game? Our Prediction

We pride ourselves here at CapperTek on providing our users with the most advanced machine learning artificial intelligence to simulate game outcomes using algorithms we have custom designed over 10+ years of research and development.

Based on our simulation of the Pirates vs. Cubs MLB game, we have the Pittsburgh Pirates beating the Chicago Cubs with a simulated final score of: Pittsburgh Pirates [6] - Chicago Cubs [5]

Sometimes our game simulations change, like if there's a major line movement, drastic shift in the odds, or if there's a key injury, etc. To make sure you have the latest and most accurate simulation, you can run the Pirates vs. Cubs Simulation directly. Also after the Pirates vs. Cubs game is finished, you can re-run the simulation and check out how the simulated final result did compared to the actual final result.

What Should I Bet On? Our Free Picks

Well let's get down to the real reason you're here, who or what should you bet on in the Pirates vs. Cubs MLB match-up? Based on the simulated prediction and results for this match-up above, we here at CapperTek suggest you make the following bets:

Free Moneyline Pick: Pirates +179

Free Run Line Pick: Pirates +1.5 (-124)

Free Total Pick: Over 8 (-103)

Hopefully our free picks and predictions help you out if you're wagering on the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Baseball match-up. Our betting tips are based on detailed analytics and wagering intelligence to provide you the best possible plays. Our goal is to provide valuable sports betting information to gamblers and help put them on the right side of the action.

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Related News (MLB News)

Christopher Morel hits RBI single in the 9th to give Cubs a 1-0 win over Pirates

Sat, May 18, 2024
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Christopher Morel hits RBI single in the 9th to give Cubs a 1-0 win over Pirates

CHICAGO (AP) - Christopher Morel singled in Cody Bellinger with one out in the ninth to give the Chicago Cubs a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

Bellinger got the winning rally started with a ground-rule double down the left-field line with one out off David Bednar. Morel then cracked a 3-2 pitch up the middle, and Bellinger narrowly beat Michael A. Taylor's throw to the plate on a play that withstood a video review.

Hector Neris (4-0) tossed a perfect ninth, striking out two, for the win.

Cubs starter Shota Imanaga tossed seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball in his third straight no-decision. The 30-year-old left-hander from Japan struck out seven and walked one as he threw 68 of 88 pitches for strikes.

Mark Leiter Jr. followed with a perfect eighth, striking out the side.

Pittsburgh's Bailey Falter pitched scoreless, three-hit ball through 7 2/3 innings, the longest outing of his career. The 27-year-old left hander struck out two and walked two, throwing 55 of 83 pitches for strikes.

Colin Holderman relieved with two outs and two runners on in the eight. After walking pinch-hitter Michael Busch to load the bases, Holderman struck out Patrick Wisdom to end Chicago's threat.

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Bednar (2-3) took the loss.

The Cubs traded left-handed reliever Richard Lovelady to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor-league lefty Jeff Belge before the game.

Lovelady, 28, pitched in seven game for the Cubs this season, going 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA before being designated for assignment on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Belge was at Double-A Montgomery of the Southern League and has never appeared in the majors.


Cubs: Manager Craig Counsell said 2B Nico Hoerner (left hamstring) is improving and could be ready to return in the next few days. ... SS Dansby Swanson (right knee sprain) "is headed in a good direction," Counsell said and could come off the IL this week. The two-time All-Star was eligible on Saturday. ... LH Drew Smyly (right hip impingement) could be sent on a rehab assignment to High-A South Bend next week. ... LHP Jordan Wicks (forearm strain) will throw another bullpen session, then likely go on a rehab assignment.


Pirates RHP Mitch Keller (4-3, 3.93) faces Cubs RHP Jameson Taillon (3-1, 1.61) in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.


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