Pirates at Cubs - 5/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (18-16) at Chicago Cubs (26-8)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
J Locke (1-2) (4.68) vs. J Arrieta (6-0) (1.12)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -255 / Pittsburgh Pirates +233 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs square off Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Pirates have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 4.31 and have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 46 hits, Josh Harrison has 18 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has eight home runs. Jeff Locke gets the nod, and he’s 1-2 with a 4.68 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Locke is 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to build on their ridiculous 26-8 record this season. The Cubs have scored 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Chicago Cubs continue to tear the cover off the baseball and have won 13 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 39 hits, Kris Bryant has 24 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 10 home runs. Jake Arrieta takes the hill, and he’s 6-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 7-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season.
The Pirates are 3-7 in their last 10 vs. National League Central and 1-5 in Lockes last 6 starts. The Cubs are 38-15 in their last 53 during game 2 of a series and 39-12 in Arrietas last 51 starts. The Cubs are 5-0 in Arrietas last 5 starts vs. Pirates.
You guys know the rules by now. You don't pick against the Cubs until they start to look like a regular baseball team. The Cubs have elite pitching and a lineup that consistently puts up four or more runs. Add the fact Arrieta is on the mound, and there's no value in backing the Pirates here.