Pirates vs. Cubs - 8/5/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (57-47) at Pittsburgh Pirates (61-43)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
D Haren (7-7) (3.42) vs. J Locke (6-6) (4.21)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -119 / Chicago Cubs +109 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, RTPT
The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates end their series Wednesday night.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win to build on their six-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Cubs have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 112 hits and 61 RBI while Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant have combined for 88 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won six straight road games. Dan Haren gets the nod, and he’s 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA and 88 strikeouts this season. Haren is 3-3 with a 5.28 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Pirates have scored six runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Pirates have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 109 hits and 56 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker have combined for 108 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won three of their last five home games. Jeff Locke takes the hill, and he’s 6-6 with a 4.21 ERA and 88 strikeouts this season. Locke is 1-2 with a 5.75 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 16-7 in their last 23 during game 2 of a series and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 8-2 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series and 16-5 in Lockes last 21 home starts. The Pirates are 2-6 in Lockes last 8 starts vs. Cubs.
Harden was actually rock solid when pitching for the Miami Marlins, but he got little to no run support. If the Cubs continue to put up runs the way they are, they should win this game. I like the value with the road team here.