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Cubs vs. Pirates - 8/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (67-61) at Chicago Cubs (82-47)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 29, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Steven Brault (0-1) (3.60) vs. J Arrieta (16-5) (2.62)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -260 / Pittsburgh Pirates +230 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: RTPT/CSCh

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Monday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Pirates have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has picked up recently, and they’ve won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 140 hits, Andrew McCutchen has 56 RBI and Gregory Polanco has 20 home runs. Steven Brault gets the nod, and he’s 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. This will be Brault’s first career game against the Cubs.

Cubs vs. Pirates - 8/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs haven't lost three straight games yet in the second half. The Cubs have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Chicago Cubs offense continues to produce, and they’ve won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 149 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 89 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 14 home runs. Jake Arrieta takes the hill, and he’s 16-5 with a 2.62 ERA and 158 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 9-2 with a 1.99 ERA and 84 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record. The Cubs are 47-18 in their last 65 during game 1 of a series and 39-12 in Arrietas last 51 starts. The Cubs are 4-1 in Arrietas last 5 home starts vs. Pirates.

It's been a while since the Cubs have lost three straight games and Arrieta is starting to look like himself once again. The Pirates will have trouble in this game, especially with a young pitcher they're counting with. 

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