Chicago Cubs (3-3) at Pittsburgh Pirates (1-5)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
Jake Arrieta (1-0) (1.50) vs. Tyler Anderson (0-1) (5.40)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +130 / Chicago Cubs -140 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Thursday in MLB action at PNC Park.
The Chicago Cubs need a win here to get a game above a .500 record. The Cubs have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in three of their six games. The Cubs have lost eight straight games when scoring three or less runs. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with four hits and two RBI while Jason Hayward and Javier Baez have combined for six hits and five RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and five strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 13-6 with a 2.87 ERA and 141 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Pirates have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four of their six games. The Pirates have lost five straight games when scoring three or less runs. Phillip Evans leads the Pirates with seven hits and three RBI while Bryan Reynolds and Colin Moran have combined for 12 hits and four RBI. Tyler Anderson gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Anderson is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 23-8 in their last 31 during game 1 of a series and 60-29 in their last 90 Thursday games. The Pirates are 6-0 in their last 6 Thursday games and 20-41 in their last 61 during game 1 of a series. The under is 22-8-1 in Cubs last 31 overall. The under is 5-0 in Pirates last 5 home games. The Cubs are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
Neither of these teams have had much success offensively up to this point, but it's fair to say the Cubs are the more talented team and should bounce back sooner than the Pirates. Arrieta also looked sharp in his season opener and we know what he's capable of when in a Chicago jersey. Arrieta has also had tons of success against the Pirates in his career. I'll lay the reasonable price with the Cubs on the road.