Cubs vs Pirates: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – April 8, 2021

Written By Staff on April 8, 2021

The Pittsburgh Pirates take the field at home at PNC Park for the first time this season as underdogs () against the Chicago Cubs () on Thursday at 1:35 PM ET. Jake Arrieta starts for Chicago while Pittsburgh will counter with Tyler Anderson.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of April 8, 2021, 3:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Cubs vs Pirates Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Arrieta (CHC) Pitcher Anderson (PIT)
1 – 0 W/L 0 – 1
6.0 IP 5.0
1.50 ERA 5.40
1.170 WHIP 1.400
7.5 K/9 12.6
1.5 BB/9 3.6

Cubs Probable Starter Jake Arrieta

  • The Cubs were favored on the moneyline for one Arrieta start this season — they won.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 8, 2021 at 6:08 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Pirates Stats vs Arrieta

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Gregory Polanco 50 .200 10 3 7 .245 .645
Adam Frazier 20 .200 4 0 1 .273 .673
Colin Moran 12 .417 5 0 2 .417 1.000
Bryan Reynolds 6 .333 2 0 0 .333 .666
Wilmer Difo 6 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Kevin Newman 5 .200 1 0 1 .200 .400
Jacob Stallings 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Dustin Fowler 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Erik González 2 .500 1 0 0 .500 1.000

Pirates Probable Starter Tyler Anderson

  • His team lost his only start as an underdog this season.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 8, 2021 at 6:08 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Cubs Stats vs Anderson

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Anthony Rizzo 13 .385 5 1 2 .385 1.000
Kris Bryant 11 .364 4 2 3 .417 1.326
Javier Báez 11 .182 2 0 0 .250 .432
Willson Contreras 9 .222 2 0 2 .417 .750
Joc Pederson 7 .286 2 0 0 .375 .804
Ian Happ 5 .200 1 0 1 .167 .367
Jason Heyward 4 .250 1 0 0 .250 .500
David Bote 3 .333 1 0 1 .250 .917
Jake Marisnick 2 .500 1 0 1 .500 1.000

Cubs Betting Trends

  • Last season the Cubs scored the 20th-most runs in baseball (265 total, 4.4 per game).
  • The Cubs won 24 of the 40 games they were listed as the moneyline favorite last season (60%).
  • When playing as a moneyline favorite with odds of -143 or shorter, Chicago had a record of 16-10 (61.5%).
  • In the 58 games oddsmakers set an over/under for Chicago, it combined with opponents to go over the total 28 times (28-28-2).
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Pirates Betting Trends

  • The Pirates were underdogs 58 times last season and won 19, or 32.8%, of those games.
  • Pittsburgh entered 49 games last season as the underdog by +125 or more and was 17-32 in those contests.
  • Games involving Pittsburgh went over the total set by oddsmakers in 26 of 59 chances last season.

Cubs Players to Watch

  • Ian Happ had 12 home runs and 28 runs batted in last season.
  • Happ was not among league leaders in SLG and OBP among qualified batters in MLB.
  • Willson Contreras hit .249 with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 19 walks.
  • Among the qualified hitters in baseball, Contreras’ hits and batting average fell outside of league leaders.

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
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
Tony Wolters 100 .230 10 0 8 .280 .550

Pirates Players to Watch

  • Colin Moran slugged 10 home runs and collected 23 RBI last season while batting .247.
  • Moran did not rank in the top 20 in SLG and OBP among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Adam Frazier was a key run producer with a .230 average, seven homers and 23 RBI.
  • Among qualified hitters, Frazier was not among league batting leaders in MLB in the league.

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
Michael Perez 84 .167 7 1 13 .237 .475
Phillip Evans 39 .359 6 1 9 .444 .931
Anthony Alford 28 .214 5 2 7 .241 .741

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