Cubs vs. Pirates - 9/25/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (92-60) at Chicago Cubs (89-63)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
G Cole (17-8) (2.69) vs. J Lester (10-11) (3.46)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -119 / Pittsburgh Pirates +109 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to build on their six-game winning streak. The Pirates have scored 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Pirates have won five straight when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 159 hits and 78 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco have combined for 134 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won eight of their last 10 road games. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he’s 17-8 with a 2.64 ERA and 192 strikeouts this season. Cole is 6-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 61 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. 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 straight when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 155 hits and 95 RBI while Kris Bryant and Dexter Fowler have combined for 143 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last nine home games. Jon Lester takes the hill, and he’s 10-11 with a 3.46 ERA and 192 strikeouts this season. Lester is 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 35-16 in their last 51 Friday games and 42-17 in Coles last 59 starts. The Cubs are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 5-2 in Lesters last 7 home starts. The Pirates are 7-1 in Coles last 8 starts vs. Cubs.
The Pirates are on fire right now and have one of the better pitchers in the league on the mound. Hard to turn down plus money with Pittsburgh, especially when its won eight of its last 10 road games.