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Cubs Vs Pirates: MLB Betting Odds & Trends – 5/7/2021

The Pittsburgh Pirates (13-17) visit the Chicago Cubs (15-16) in NL Central action on Friday at 2:20 PM ET. The Pirates are moneyline underdogs () against the favored Cubs (). Zach Davies starts for Chicago while Pittsburgh will counter with Trevor Cahill.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of May 7, 2021, 2:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Cubs vs Pirates Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Davies (CHC) Pitcher Cahill (PIT)
1 – 2 W/L 1 – 3
23.0 IP 24.1
8.22 ERA 7.40
2.130 WHIP 1.520
6.7 K/9 8.9
7.0 BB/9 3.0

Cubs Probable Starter Zach Davies

  • Davies (1-2 with an 8.22 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched) makes the start for the Cubs, his seventh of the season.
  • In his last time out on Saturday, the righty went four innings against the Reds, giving up one earned run while surrendering four hits.
  • The opposing Pirates offense has a collective .225 batting average, and is 25th in the league with 221 total hits and 27th in MLB action with 106 runs scored. They have the 29th-ranked slugging percentage (.347) and rank 29th in home runs (21) in all of MLB.
  • The Cubs have a 1-2 record in Davies’ three starts this season when they were favored on the moneyline.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 7, 2021 at 2:16 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Pirates Stats vs Davies

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Adam Frazier 26 .346 9 0 2 .370 .908
Kevin Newman 19 .105 2 0 1 .100 .205
Colin Moran 18 .333 6 2 7 .368 1.146
Bryan Reynolds 16 .375 6 0 2 .375 .875
Todd Frazier 10 .300 3 2 3 .300 1.200
Jacob Stallings 5 .400 2 0 2 .400 .800
Phillip Evans 4 .500 2 0 0 .600 1.100
Michael Perez 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Wilmer Difo 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Erik González 2 .500 1 0 0 .500 1.500

Pirates Probable Starter Trevor Cahill

  • Cahill (1-3) will take the mound for the Pirates, his sixth start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up five earned runs and allowed seven hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched against the Cardinals on Saturday.
  • The Cubs have scored 146 runs this season, which ranks seventh in MLB. They are batting .224 for the campaign with 41 home runs, fourth in the league.
  • His team has won 20% of his starts when they are underdogs on the moneyline (1-4).

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 7, 2021 at 2:16 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Cubs Stats vs Cahill

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Jason Heyward 12 .417 5 1 2 .462 1.129
Anthony Rizzo 8 .125 1 1 2 .222 .722
Jake Marisnick 5 .400 2 0 0 .400 .800
Matt Duffy 4 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Joc Pederson 4 .000 0 0 0 .200 .200
Willson Contreras 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 .666
Javier Báez 3 .333 1 0 2 .333 1.000
Tony Wolters 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Kris Bryant 1 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 2.000
Eric Sogard 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Cubs Betting Trends

  • The Cubs’ offense is averaging 5.3 runs in home games while scoring 3.8 per game away from Wrigley Field.
  • The Cubs have the No. 7 offense in MLB action scoring 4.7 runs per game (146 total runs).
  • The Cubs have won six of the 14 games they were listed as the moneyline favorite this season (42.9%).
  • In games it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -141 or shorter, Chicago has a 4-3 record (winning 57.1% of its games).
  • In the 31 games oddsmakers have set an over/under for Chicago, it has combined with opponents to go over the total 14 times (14-16-1).
  • Over the last 10 games, Chicago has not been named the moneyline favorite by oddsmakers.

Pirates Betting Trends

  • The Pirates have scored the 27th-most runs in the league this season with just 106 (3.5 per game).
  • They’ve scored 3.1 runs per game this season on the road while averaging 4.3 at home.
  • This season, the Pirates have won 12 out of the 28 games, or 42.9%, in which they’ve been the underdog.
  • Pittsburgh has entered 21 games this season as the underdog by +120 or more and is 9-12 in those contests.
  • Pittsburgh and its opponents have hit the over in 13 of their 30 games with a total this season.
  • Pittsburgh has played as the underdog in eight of its past 10 games and won three of those contests.

Cubs Players to Watch

  • Kris Bryant paces the Cubs with nine home runs while accumulating a team-best batting average of .308.
  • Among qualified batters in MLB action, Bryant’s 33 hits rank 25th, his 9 HR rank fourth, his 22 RBI rank 11th, his .308 AVG ranks 23rd, his .390 OBP ranks 19th, and his .673 SLG ranks first.
  • Anthony Rizzo has four doubles, two triples, five home runs and 18 walks while batting .231.
  • Among the qualified batters in baseball, Rizzo’s batting stats do not rank among the top hitters in the majors.

Cubs Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Anthony Rizzo 108 .231 15 5 11 .336 .780
Kris Bryant 107 .308 23 9 22 .390 1.063
Javier Báez 102 .245 17 8 25 .275 .804
Jason Heyward 96 .188 12 3 9 .250 .594
Willson Contreras 92 .217 17 7 16 .315 .782
David Bote 85 .176 6 2 15 .253 .547
Ian Happ 84 .167 9 2 4 .307 .557
Joc Pederson 56 .143 6 1 5 .286 .518
Matt Duffy 52 .308 11 0 5 .429 .794
Jake Marisnick 52 .269 11 4 14 .356 .991

Pirates Players to Watch

  • Bryan Reynolds has been key for Pittsburgh with 32 hits, an OBP of .376 plus a slugging percentage of .473.
  • Reynolds’ .376 OBP ranks 25th, and his .473 SLG ranks second among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Reynolds will look to extend his five-game hitting streak. He’s batting .350 with one homer over that span.
  • Colin Moran is batting .292 with four home runs and 19 RBI, all three of which lead Pittsburgh this season.
  • Moran’s .472 SLG ranks 25th among all qualified batters in the league.

Pirates Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Adam Frazier 118 .288 15 0 10 .356 .754
Bryan Reynolds 110 .291 21 3 14 .376 .849
Colin Moran 106 .292 9 4 19 .350 .822
Kevin Newman 97 .196 6 1 6 .233 .480
Erik González 95 .221 7 2 14 .237 .574
Phillip Evans 95 .221 14 4 7 .321 .689
Jacob Stallings 72 .236 7 1 9 .375 .750
Wilmer Difo 33 .242 3 1 3 .286 .741
Michael Perez 28 .143 2 1 3 .250 .536
Todd Frazier 23 .043 3 0 3 .214 .301

Cubs vs Pirates Player Props

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