Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (63-69) at Chicago Cubs (70-60)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Chad Kuhl (6-9) (4.52) vs. J Arrieta (13-8) (3.49)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -220 / Pittsburgh Pirates +203 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN+, ATPT
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs meet Tuesday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Pirates allowed six runs in Monday’s loss and four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost five straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Josh Harrison leads the Pirates with 130 hits and 47 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Josh Bell have combined for 247 hits and 150 RBI. Chad Kuhl gets the ball, and he is 6-9 with a 4.52 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. Kuhl is 0-3 with a 13.20 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 26 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Chicago Cubs have won seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs with 129 hits and 92 RBI while Kris Bryant and Javier Baez have combined for 231 hits and 119 RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he is 13-8 with a 3.49 ERA and 149 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 9-5 with a 3.18 ERA and 106 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games, 2-9 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series and 3-10 in Kuhls last 13 road starts. The Cubs are 9-4 in their last 13 during game 2 of a series, 46-21 in their last 67 Tuesday games and 55-27 in Arrietas last 82 starts. The Cubs are 0-4 in Arrietas last 4 starts vs. Pirates and the over is 4-1 in Kuhls last 5 starts vs. Cubs.
Kuhl has had solid performances as of late, but he's allowing a .281 batting average on the road and has been blasted by this Cubs lineup in 57 at bats. Arrieta has given up two earned runs in his last 18 innings and has a 3.23 ERA with a .216 batting average at home. While the price isn't cheap at all, we are getting the better team and the better pitcher at home. I have to back the Cubs in this contest.