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Pirates vs. Cubs - 4/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (6-4) at Pittsburgh Pirates (5-6)

MLB Baseball: Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

J Arrieta (1-1) (1.98) vs. A Burnett (0-1) (2.25)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -122 / Chicago Cubs +112 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-CHI, ROOT-PIT

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a four-game series Monday night at PNC Park.

The Chicago Cubs could use a big win after splitting their last six games. The Cubs pitching staff has allowed 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Cubs have lost 15 of their last 22 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro leads Chicago with 14 hits and six RBI, while  Jorge Soler and Miguel Montero have combined for 15 RBI. This will be the Chicago Cubs fourth road game of the year, and they’re 2-1 overall away from their fans. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 3-0 with a 3.13 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Cubs - 4/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are picking up steam with wins in five of their last seven games. The Pirates are led by an offense that’s scored 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last seven games. Gregory Polanco leads Pittsburgh with 12 hits and three stolen bases, while Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen have combined for 16 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates are 4-2 on their home field, which includes three straight wins after their sweep over the Brewers. A.J. Burnett takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Burnett is 7-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 74 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 10-4 in their last 14 vs. National League Central and 1-5 in Arrietas last 6 road starts. The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League Central and 6-2 in Burnetts last 8 home starts. The Cubs are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and 7-19 in the last 26 meetings overall.

The Pirates are starting to find their groove a bit and have been hot on their home field. The Cubs are just too inconsistent and will have trouble keeping up with Pitt's found offense. I like the home team here. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -122

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