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MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

September 21, 2023






The ending of a three-game series is coming up soon between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs should be interesting, as there have been plenty of offensive performances. Can the Pirates cap off a tough series on the road?


  • Date: Game 3 on September 21, 2023 at 7:40 PM ET

  • Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

The Pirates had bad losses to the New York Yankees prior to the start of this series. This gave them bad momentum heading into game one of this series, as they fell 14-1 to the Cubs.

They have showcased a sluggish performance in batting, boasting a meager .236 batting average along with a lackluster slugging percentage of .388, indicating significant challenges at the plate.

On the flip side, their opponents maintain a stronger .251 batting average, while their own ERA stands at a less-than-stellar 4.56. This reveals evident pitching concerns that could influence the game's outcome.

Their capacity to consistently get runners on base remains solid, reflected by an on-base percentage of .312. To match the Cubs' performance, they will need an outstanding performance on the mound.

Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

The Cubs were able to overcome issues lately and had an impressive performance to start game one. Firing off another one of those performances to finish this series will be interesting, but will need another good day at the plate.

The team's performance, with a batting average of .254 and a slugging percentage of just .420, suggests a favorable chance of winning. While recent performance may not have been stellar, it appears promising against a less formidable Pirates team.

On the defensive side, they have limited opposing teams to a .243 batting average and maintained a challenging ERA of 4.03. Sustaining this pitching excellence will be crucial to maintaining their advantage.

Additionally, their on-base percentage stands at .329, indicating ample opportunities to put runners on base. Their offense should be the decisive factor in this game, but a strong pitching performance always adds to their prospects.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

According to MyBookie's analysis, the odds slightly favor the Chicago Cubs in this game, with market indicators indicating a 63.9 percent chance of them winning the final matchup.


  • Pittsburgh Pirates: +120

  • Chicago Cubs: -142

The Cubs have won more than 90 percent of their meetings against the Pirates this year and only two matchups have been decided by one run and the rest have been by more than three runs. The Pirates have not done anything spectacular lately to show they can make significantly better decisions to win. Look for the Cubs to have another good performance against a team that they know too well. 

Spooky Express Pick: Take the Chicago Cubs to Win at -142