Pirates vs. Cubs - 7/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (52-35) at Pittsburgh Pirates (46-42)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
J Lackey (7-5) (3.50) vs. J Niese (7-6) (4.87)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +137 / Chicago Cubs -147 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to sweep the Chicago Cubs early Sunday afternoon.
The Chicago Cubs could use a win in order to snap a tough five-game losing streak. The Cubs have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 straight games. The Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.24 and have lost 12 of their last 15 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 91 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 63 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 13 home runs. John Lackey gets the ball, and he’s 7-5 with a 3.50 ERA and 111 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Pirates have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense is on fire right now, and they’ve won nine straight games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 98 hits, Gregory Polanco has 50 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has 13 home runs. Jonathon Niese takes the hill, and he’s 7-6 with a 4.87 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. Niese is 3-8 with a 5.35 ERA and 53 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 0-4 in Lackeys last 4 starts. The Pirates are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Nieses last 5 starts. The over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
The Pirates have lost just one game this month and the Cubs are falling apart in front of our eyes. Still, oddmakers are making the Cubs heavy favorites on a daily basis. I'll continue to ride the hotter team and the plus money.