Cubs vs. Pirates - 9/27/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (94-60) at Chicago Cubs (89-64)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
A Burnett (9-5) (3.15) vs. J Arrieta (20-6) (1.87)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -220 / Pittsburgh Pirates +203 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to sweep the Chicago Cubs Sunday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to build on their eight-game winning streak. The Pirates have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Pirates have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 160 hits and 79 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco have combined for 144 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won 10 of their last 11 road games. A.J. Burnett gets the ball, and he’s 9-5 with a 3.15 ERA and 129 strikeouts this season. Burnett is 8-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 89 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Cubs have scored three runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four of their last six games. The Cubs have lost four straight when scoring three or less runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 156 hits and 95 RBI while Kris Bryant and Dexter Fowler have combined for 143 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won six of their last 10 home games. Jake Arrieta takes the hill, and he’s 20-6 with a 1.88 ERA and 220 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 5-1 with a 1.90 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 36-16 in their last 52 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Burnetts last 5 starts. The Cubs are 12-5 in their last 17 Sunday games and 41-18 in Arrietas last 59 starts. The Cubs are 5-1 in Arrietas last 6 starts vs. Pirates and the Pirates are 2-5 in Burnetts last 7 starts vs. Cubs.
Although the Pirates are on fire right now, it's really hard to bet against Arrieta, a pitcher who is in the running for a CY Young. I have to go with the Cubs to avoid the sweep here.