Pirates vs. Cubs - 5/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (19-6) at Pittsburgh Pirates (15-12)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 12:35 pm (PNC Park)
J Lester (2-1) (1.84) vs. J Nicasio (3-2) (3.33)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +120 / Chicago Cubs -130 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.
The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 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 eight of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs have won 10 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 31 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 26 RBI and Kris Bryant has four home runs. Jon Lester gets the nod, and he’s 2-1 with a 1.83 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Lester is 2-2 with a 1.86 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win in order to snap a three-game losing streak. The Pirates have allowed 20 runs in their last three game and six or more runs in four of their last six games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 35 hits, Josh Harrison has 15 RBI and Gregory Polanco has three home runs. Juan Nicasio takes the hill, and he’s 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. Nicasio is 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 41-12 in their last 53 vs. National League Central and 4-1 in Lesters last 5 starts. The Pirates are 36-17 in their last 53 during game 3 of a series and 51-25 in their last 76 home games. The Cubs are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Cubs continue to play lights out at both ends of the plate and have shown no signs of slowing down in this series. So, while the Pirates are a good team that's bound to bounce back, you have to like the Cubs and the small line with the way they're playing.