Cubs at Pirates - 5/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (17-5) at Pittsburgh Pirates (15-9)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
K Hendricks (1-2) (3.52) vs. G Cole (2-2) (2.78)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -113 / Chicago Cubs +104 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a three-game series Monday night on ESPN.
The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Cubs continue to rely on a pitching staff that’s allowed seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Chicago Cubs won eight straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 28 hits, Kris Bryant has 16 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has eight home runs. Jason Hammel gets the ball, and he’s 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 5-5 with a 4.03 ERA and 52 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates also look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Pirates have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 34 hits, Josh Harrison has 15 RBI and Gregory Polanco has three home runs. Gerrit Cole takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Cole is 7-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 69 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 7-0 in their last 7 Monday games and 5-2 in Hammels last 7 starts. The Pirates are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series and 36-15 in Coles last 51 starts. The Cubs are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Pittsburgh and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
You see Cole's career numbers against the Cubs? Yeah, I'll have some of that. Both teams are hitting the ball very well but the Pirates have the advantage at home with Cole on the hill.