Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (69-50) at Pittsburgh Pirates (61-60)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
J Lester (12-5) (3.89) vs. I Nova (7-6) (4.41)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +104 / Chicago Cubs -114 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ATT-Pitt, NBC-Chicago
PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Pirates welcome the Chicago Cubs to town in a Thursday MLB matchup.
The Chicago Cubs offense was at their best Wednesday in an 8-4 win against Milwaukee. Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks gave up all four runs in six frames while four relievers put up zeros.
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The Cubs racked up 13 hits and walked four times with Albert Almora Jr. going solo while Anthony Rizzo went 2-4 with a homer and three RBI’s followed by Jason Heyward who had three hits, two RBI’s and a run.
Veteran left hander Jon Lester looks to right the ship at Pittsburgh Thursday. Lester has struggled the past three times out with 17 runs allowed on 25 hits and six BB over 13.2 innings.
The Pittsburgh Pirates squandered an early 4-2 lead on the way to a 6-4 loss at Minnesota on Wednesday. Pittsburgh starter Chris Archer was charged with four runs on six hits over five frames with Edgar Santana and Keone Kela each allowing a run.
The Pirates totaled 12 hits and four free passes with Elias Diaz smacking a solo bomb while Gregory Polanco went 2-5 and knocked in two.
Right hander Ivan Nova takes the hill against the Cubs for the third time this season. Nova defeated San Francisco 10-5 last time out with two runs allowed over 5.2 frames.
Under is 6-2 in Chicago last 8 road games and Chicago are 41-15 in their last 57 Thursday games and over is 8-1 in Lester’s last 9 starts on grass. Over is 8-0 in Pittsburgh last 8 Thursday games and under is 19-7-2 in Nova’s last 28 home starts. Pittsburgh are 4-1 in Nova’s last 6 starts vs. Chicago and Chicago are 4-1 in Lester’s last 5 starts vs. Pirates.
Both pitchers have won in this matchup but I can see a few runs being put up here…