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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs - 9/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (75-61) at Pittsburgh Pirates (65-72)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm (PNC Park)

J Arrieta (14-8) (3.36) vs. Chad Kuhl (6-10) (4.54)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +177 / Chicago Cubs -188 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: WLS, ESPN, ATPT

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Monday in MLB action at PNC Park on ESPN.

The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Cubs have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Chicago Cubs have won 12 of their last 14 games when scoring more than one run. Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs with 139 hits and 100 RBI while Kris Bryant and Javier Baez have combined for 242 hits and 126 RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he is 14-8 with a 3.36 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 10-5 with a 3.02 ERA and 110 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates. 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs - 9/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look for another win after splitting their last eight games. The Pirates have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last 10 games when scoring three or more runs. Josh Harrison leads the Pirates with 132 hits and 47 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Josh Bell have combined for 252 hits and 152 RBI. Chad Kuhl gets the ball, and he is 6-10 with a 4.54 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. Kuhl is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series, 25-9 in their last 34 vs. a team with a losing record and 37-16 in their last 53 Monday games. The Pirates are 6-15 in their last 21 Monday games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League Central and 0-6 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series. The Cubs are 14-5 in the last 20 meetings in Pittsburgh, 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The Cubs are playing some of their best ball of the season right now, and Arrieta has allowed a combined two earned runs in his last four starts. Kuhl has been solid in his own right as of late, but he's not Arrieta, and he's not getting the type of run support the Cubs are providing. You have to ride the hot hand and their ace in this spot. The Cubs get the victory and build their division lead.

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