Cubs vs. Pirates - 5/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (18-17) at Chicago Cubs (27-8)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
G Cole (3-3) (3.78) vs. J Lester (4-1) (1.96)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -140 / Pittsburgh Pirates +130 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Pirates have allowed 17 runs in this series and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 4.43 and have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 46 hits, Gregory Polanco has 19 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has eight home runs. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he’s 3-3 with a 3.78 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Cole is 7-2 with a 3.39 ERA and 75 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to build on their impressive 27-8 record. The Cubs have scored 21 runs in their last four games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 12 games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been unstoppable all season long, and they’ve won 20 of their last 22 games when scoring more than three runs. Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 41 hits, Kris Bryant has 25 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 11 home runs. Jon Lester takes the hill, and he’s 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. Lester is 3-2 with a 1.56 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 37-18 in their last 55 during game 3 of a series and 37-16 in Coles last 53 starts. The Cubs are 17-8 in their last 25 Sunday games and 4-0 in Lesters last 4 starts. The Pirates are 8-3 in Coles last 11 starts vs. Cubs.
We continue to back the Cubs and they continue to win. There's really no other option than to pick the Cubs with the way they're playing, as the pitching and batting lineup produce night in and night out. I'll take Lester and the Cubs for the cheap price at home.