Pirates at Cubs - 5/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (17-18) at Chicago Cubs (18-15)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
J Locke (2-2) (4.71) vs. K Hendricks (0-1) (4.65)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -128 / Pittsburgh Pirates +118 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, CSN-CHI, MLB
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Friday afternoon.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Pirates have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Pirates have won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 35 hits and 25 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez have combined for 34 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost five of their last seven games on the road. Jeff Locke gets the ball, and he’s 2-2 with a 4.71 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Locke is 1-2 with a 5.11 ERA and 36 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 scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Cubs have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 40 hits and 20 RBI while Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant have combined for 40 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won four straight games on their home field. Kyle Hendricks takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 4.65 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 3-7 in Lockes last 10 road starts. The Cubs are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 0-4 in Hendricks' last 4 starts. The Pirates are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago and 21-10 in the last 31 meetings overall.
The Cubs are flat out rolling at Wrigley and catch Pittsburgh on short rest and travel. I like Chicago to keep things rolling here.