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Pirates vs. Cubs MLB Betting Odds, Predictions: Strong Wrigley Field Winds in Chicago Mean Total Has Value (Friday, Aug. 5)

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs Odds

Pirates Odds +158
Cubs Odds -188
Over/Under 8.5 (o -105 / u -115)
Date Tuesday, July 26
Time 2:20 p.m. ET
Channel MLB.tv

*Odds are according to FanDuel as of Tuesday morning

A matinee contest between the Pirates and Cubs — the only sporting event live on Tuesday afternoon — fits a historically profitable algorithm that has returned 16% on investment since 2005.

This algorithm applies to games in which wind speeds are above five miles per hour at Wrigley Field, among other parameters.

If you had bet $100 on each game that has fit this betting system since 2005, you’d be up over $7,000. That’s roughly $425 per year.

For reference, the annual average return of the S&P 500 — roughly the value of the American stock market — has been about 8% for over a century. That index is down about 18% year-to-date.

Meanwhile, Bitcoin, for instance, is down over 56% during that same timeframe.

Still, don’t use this betting algorithm as an alternative to investing. The aforementioned figures are purely for reference.

The winds tonight are slated to be above 7.5 miles per hour at first pitch, with those speeds expected to increase as the game continues.

And Wrigley Field, in particular, has shown a strong historical correlation between how fast the wind is moving and how often the over or under hits — depending on which direction the breeze is headed.

Read further to see what other factors are implemented in this algorithm.

Pirates vs. Cubs MLB Weather Forecast: Wrigley Field Winds