Pirates vs. Cubs - 9/15/15 Game Two Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (82-60) at Pittsburgh Pirates (86-56)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
J Lester vs. J Happ (9-7) (3.87)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -107 / Chicago Cubs -103 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates play the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Cubs have won seven of their last 10 when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 143 hits and 88 RBI while Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant have combined for 134 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last eight road games. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he’s 9-10 with a 3.50 ERA and 176 strikeouts this season. Lester is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to remain hot after winning five of their last six games. The Pirates have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six straight games. The Pirates have won seven of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with 150 hits and 92 RBI while Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco have combined for 111 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last 10 home games. J.A. Happ takes the hill, and he’s 9-7 with a 3.87 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. Happ is 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series and 7-2 in Lesters last 9 starts vs. National League Central. The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 second games of a double-header and 6-0 in Happs last 6 starts. The Cubs are 7-16 in the last 23 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Cubs usually don't play well in Pittsburgh, and the Pirates have won Happ's last six starts. While both teams are hot, the edge has to go to the home team and the Pirates after playing one game during the day already.