Cubs vs Pirates: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – April 1, 2021

Posted By Staff on March 31, 2021

The Pittsburgh Pirates are road underdogs () against the Chicago Cubs () to begin the 2021 MLB campaign at Wrigley Field on Thursday. The game starts at 2:20 PM ET. Kyle Hendricks starts for Chicago while Pittsburgh will counter with Chad Kuhl.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of March 30, 2021, 3:00 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Cubs vs Pirates Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

The probable pitchers for both teams have not made a start this season. Here are their stats from last season:

Hendricks (CHC) Pitcher Kuhl (PIT)
6 – 5 W/L 2 – 3
81.1 IP 46.1
2.88 ERA 4.27
0.98 WHIP 1.36
7.1 K/9 8.5
0.8 BB/9 5.4

Cubs Probable Starter Kyle Hendricks

  • Hendricks will make his first start of the season for the Cubs.
  • The 31-year-old right-hander started and threw 6 1/3 innings when he last appeared Wednesday, Sept. 30 against the Marlins.
  • Hendricks and his team had a 6-4 record in games he appeared in when they were moneyline favorites a season ago.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of March 30, 2021 at 8:12 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Pirates Probable Starter Chad Kuhl

  • The Pirates will send out Kuhl for his first start of the season.
  • The last time the 28-year-old righty pitched was on Thursday, Sept. 24, throwing seven scoreless innings as the starter against the Cubs.
  • Kuhl and his team won as underdogs in four of his 10 appearances last season with a moneyline.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of March 30, 2021 at 8:12 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Cubs Betting Trends

  • Last season the Cubs were the 20th-highest scoring team in baseball averaging 4.4 runs per game (265 total).
  • The Cubs were favored on the moneyline 40 total times last season. They went 24-16 in those games.
  • Chicago played as a moneyline favorite of -230 or shorter in only two games last season, and they split them 1-1.
  • Chicago played in 58 games with an over/under set, and combined with its opponents to go over the total 28 times (28-28-2).

Pirates Betting Trends

  • The Pirates won 19, or 32.8%, of the 58 games they played as underdogs last season.
  • Last season, Pittsburgh won two of its nine games, or 22.2%, when they were the underdog by at least +190 on the moneyline.
  • Pittsburgh and its opponents hit the over in 26 of their 59 games with a total last season.

Cubs Players to Watch

  • Ian Happ had 12 home runs and 28 runs batted in last season.
  • Among qualified hitters in MLB play, Happ ranked outside of the top 15 in average, hits and home runs.
  • Willson Contreras hit .249 with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 19 walks.
  • Contreras was not in the top 25 in SLG and OBP among the qualified hitters in MLB play.

Cubs Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Javier Báez 222 .203 27 8 24 .238 .598
Anthony Rizzo 203 .222 26 11 24 .331 .745
Ian Happ 198 .258 27 12 28 .358 .863
Willson Contreras 189 .249 37 7 26 .357 .770
Jason Heyward 147 .265 20 6 22 .389 .845
Austin Romine 134 .239 12 2 17 .259 .580
Kris Bryant 131 .206 20 4 11 .293 .644
David Bote 125 .200 15 7 29 .303 .711
Joc Pederson 121 .190 21 7 16 .285 .682
Eric Sogard 115 .209 10 1 10 .281 .559

Pirates Players to Watch

  • Colin Moran finished with a .247 average last season, with 10 home runs and 23 RBI.
  • Moran’s batting stats did not rank among the top hitters in baseball among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Adam Frazier finished with 23 RBI while batting .230 and hitting seven homers.
  • Frazier did not rank in the top 20 in SLG and OBP among qualified hitters in the majors.

Pirates Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Adam Frazier 209 .230 22 7 23 .297 .661
Bryan Reynolds 185 .189 24 7 19 .275 .632
Erik González 181 .227 14 3 20 .255 .614
Colin Moran 178 .247 28 10 23 .325 .797
Grégory Polanco 157 .153 12 7 22 .214 .539
Kevin Newman 156 .224 12 1 10 .281 .557
Jacob Stallings 125 .248 13 3 18 .326 .702
Ke’Bryan Hayes 85 .376 17 5 11 .430 1.112
Michael Perez 84 .167 7 1 13 .237 .475
Phillip Evans 39 .359 6 1 9 .444 .931

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