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Pirates vs. Cubs - 8/3/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (56-47) at Pittsburgh Pirates (60-42)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

J Lester (6-8) (3.26) vs. F Liriano (7-6) (2.92)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -135 / Chicago Cubs +125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN, CSCh, RTPT

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a three-game series Monday night.

The Chicago Cubs look for a win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Cubs have won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 108 hits and 61 RBI while Starlin Castro and Dexter Fowler have combined for 71 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won five straight road games. Jon Lester gets the nod, and he’s 6-8 with a 3.26 ERA and 136 strikeouts this season. Lester is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Cubs - 8/3/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Pirates have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Pirates have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 107 hits and 56 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker have combined for 108 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won six of their last seven home games. Francisco Liriano takes the hill, and he’s 7-6 with a 2.92 ERA and 140 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 4-2 with a 2.56 ERA and 74 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. National League Central and 6-1 in Lesters last 7 starts vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 14-6 in their last 20 during game 1 of a series and 5-0 in Lirianos last 5 home starts. The Cubs are 6-15 in the last 21 meetings in Pittsburgh. 

Lester is coming off a game in which he had 14 strikeouts and has allowed two or less runs in his last three outings. Liriano has also been solid, allowing three or less runs in his last six starts. In a toss-up game between two hot pitchers, I'm going to side with the home team and the better lineup. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -135

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