Cubs vs. PiratesPittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs Friday Free MLB Pick: The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming off of their first series loss at home since May 31st-June 2nd, but they are eager to get on another winning streak here in the Windy City. They’ll start off their weekend series with the Chicago Cubs in MLB betting action on Friday afternoon, and they’re -125 favorites to get the job done on the MLB odds. Join us on the day after the Fourth of July for our MLB picks for what should be a great game in the NL Central.

Pirates vs. Cubs Game Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Pirates vs. Cubs Live TV Coverage: MLB Network
MLB Odds: Pirates -125 / Cubs +116 (Total: 7.5)

The wind is going to be blowing in at Wrigley today, and that should make for a relatively low scoring game. From the standpoint of the Cubs, this is a tremendous thing. Francisco Liriano is more of a ground ball pitcher by nature, while Jeff Samardzija, though is more of a power pitcher than anything else, allows more fly balls than Liriano does. With Samardzija being able to keep the ball in the park today, the playing field is going to be relatively level. Chicago has been pitching well over the course of the last few days, and it is coming off of a relatively successful 5-4 road trip to the West Coast, the last six games of which were played against American League teams. Perhaps the Cubbies can pull this one off, and we think with Mother Nature on their side, they have a 50/50 chance of winning this game against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Cubs Free Pick for July 5th: Chicago Cubs +116


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