Cubs vs. Pirates - 4/29/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (11-9) at Chicago Cubs (11-7)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
G Cole (3-0) (2.55) vs. K Hendricks (0-0) (5.75)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +107 / Pittsburgh Pirates -117 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, CSN-CHI
The Chicago Cubs look to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game series Wednesday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Pirates have scored just two runs in this series but four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Pirates have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Neil Walker leads Pittsburgh with 22 hits and nine RBI while Starling Marte and Pedro Alvarez have combined for 26 RBI. Six of the Pittsburgh Pirates 10 losses this season have come on the road. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he’s 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Cole is 5-0 with a 3.48 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Cubs have allowed four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Cubs have won six straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro leads Chicago with 27 hits and 12 RBI while Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 19 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won four of their last six games on their home field. Kyle Hendricks takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 5.74 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. This will be Hendricks’ second career game against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 24-9 in Coles last 33 starts. The Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 13-3 in Hendricks' last 16 starts. The Pirates are 5-0 in Coles last 5 starts vs. Cubs.
It's hard to sweep a good baseball team, and Cole has flat out owned the Cubs throughout his career. I'll take the Pirates and the cheap price to avoid the sweep.