Cubs vs. Pirates - 6/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (33-35) at Chicago Cubs (46-20)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Wrigley Field)
Jameson Taillon (1-0) (1.93) vs. K Hendricks (4-6) (2.93)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -155 / Pittsburgh Pirates +145 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to complete the sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday night on ESPN.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are desperate for a win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The Pirates have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 4.36 and have lost 10 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 80 hits, Josh Harrison has 31 RBI and Gregory Polanco has nine home runs. Jameson Taillon gets the nod, and he’s 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. This will be Taillon’s first career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Cubs have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 15 games. The Chicago Cubs continue to score a truckload of runs, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Ben Zobrist leads Chicago with 70 hits, Kris Bryant has 46 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 16 home runs. Kyle Hendricks takes the hill, and he’s 4-6 with a 3.05 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 0-1 with a 6.63 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 27-13 in their last 40 Sunday games and 0-6 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series. The Cubs are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 2-5 in Hendricks' last 7 starts. The Pirates are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago.
Have the Pirates shown any reason during this stretch to give them a chance? Better yet, have the Cubs given you any reason to bet against them? The answer to both questions is no. It's the middle of June and the Cubs are 26 games above .500. Unreal. I'm taking the best team in baseball.