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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (17-18) at Chicago Cubs (18-15)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

J Locke (2-2) (4.71) vs. K Hendricks (0-1) (4.65)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -128 / Pittsburgh Pirates +118 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates head to Wrigley Field to open a weekend set with the Chicago Cubs.

The Pittsburgh Pirates were trying to build a full head of steam heading into the weekend but their offense went silent to end their hot streak before it got going in a 4-2 loss at Philadelphia Thursday. Starter Vance Worley allowed three runs (one earned) on eight hits and a base on balls over four frames to drop his record to 2-3. The Buccos mustered seven hits and a walk with Starling Marte going 3-4 with an RBI and a run while Pedro Alvarez knocked in another during a two run 9th. Left hander Jeff Locke takes the hill versus the Chicago Cubs on Friday. In two meetings against the Cubs Locke has allowed a combined nine earned runs on 15 hits and six BB in 8.2 innings.

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs are hoping this is the season where they become a factor in the National League Central. I’m nit sure how the long season plays out but the Cubs are still hanging tough and took another positive step as they rallied past the visiting Mets on Thursday. The bad news was starter Travis Wood continued to struggle with all five runs plated on seven hits including three long balls through 4.1 innings pitched. Five relievers held New York off the scoreboard which gave the offense a chance to rally and they did despite just six hits and a pair of walks. Dexter Fowler pace the comeback with a 2-3 effort with a homer and three runs while Matt Szczur and Addison Russell knocked in runs and scored.Kyle Hendricks opens the series on the mound against visiting Pittsburgh. Hendricks is coming off of his best outing of the season in 3-2 loss ay Milwaukee (ND) where he tossed 5.1 scoreless frames.

Pittsburgh are 20-6 in their last 26 Friday games while the over is 9-1-2 in Locke’s last 12 road starts and  is 14-4-3 in Locke’s last 21 starts on grass. The over is 18-7-2 in the Cubs last 27 Friday games. The over is 7-2-2 in the last 11 meetings and Pittsburgh  are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago. Neither pitcher has been shutdown so right now I lean over… 

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