Pirates at Cubs - 5/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (18-15) at Chicago Cubs (25-8)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
F Liriano (3-1) (3.60) vs. J Hammel (4-0) (1.85)
The Line: Chicago Cubs / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Pirates have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has been consistent for several weeks and they’re 11-3 in their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 44 hits, Gregory Polanco has 19 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has seven home runs. Francisco Liriano gets the nod, and he’s 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 5-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 83 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to add to their ridiculous 25-8 record. The Cubs have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 2.67 and have won 13 of their last 14 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 38 hits, Ben Zobrist has 28 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 10 home runs. Jason Hammel takes the hill, and he’s 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 6-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 5-1 in their last 6 games following an off day and 23-4 in Lirianos last 27 starts. The Cubs are 5-1 in their last 6 games following an off day and 5-0 in Hammels last 5 starts. The Pirates are 7-3 in Lirianos last 10 starts vs. Cubs.
Betting against the Cubs at this point is simply not a good idea. It's even worse when you have a struggling team such as the Pirates heading to Chicago. You can't bet against the Cubs until they start looking like a normal baseball team. Until then, it's free money.