Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0) at Chicago Cubs (0-1)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Mitch Keller (0-0) (0.00) vs. Zach Davies (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -170 / Pittsburgh Pirates +148 --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs meet Sunday in MLB action from Wrigley Field.
This will be the final installment of a three-game weekend set between these teams. Pittsburgh got a win on Thursday, then in the Saturday game the Cubs evened it up with a 5-1 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Pittsburgh posted a solid win in the Thursday game, taking it 5-3 behind a pair of RBI from both Adam Frazier and Ke’Bryan Hayes. In the Saturday matchup, the Pirates posted one run in the first but that was it for the game in a 5-1 loss. Kevin Newman had the lone RBI.
For the Sunday starting pitcher role, the Pirates will send out Mitch Keller. In five starts last season, Keller posted a 2.91 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 21.2 innings of work. He went 1-1 over five games in spring training with a 11.91 ERA in 11.1 innings.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they couldn’t get much going in the Thursday game, and the team came up with just two hits during the loss. On Saturday, Chicago peppered in runs during four of eight innings to get their first win. Javier Baez and Jason Heyward each notched two hits.
For the Sunday start, the Cubs will be going with Zach Davies on the mound. Last year, Davies put up a 7-4 record over 12 starts, notching a 2.73 ERA with 63 Ks in 69.1 innings total. Davies was impressive this spring at 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five starts for the Cubs.
The Pirates are 16-35 in their last 51 in game three of a series and 24-52 in their last 76 overall. Pittsburgh is 6-15 in their last 21 Sunday games and the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 Sunday games.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 13-4 in their last 17 home games with a total of 7.0-8.5 and the under is 13-3-1 in their last 17 versus the NL Central. The under is 18-8-1 in Chicago’s last 27 overall and 11-4-1 in their last 16 home games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Cubs. Keller had a decent 2.91 ERA last season, but had issues with walks (18 in 21.2 innings) and will need to find more consistency. Davies is coming in hot after a nice spring (1.08 ERA) and has a 3.70 ERA over his nine career Wrigley Field starts. Should be an interesting matchup but I think the Cubs have the edge.