Chicago Cubs (25-22) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (18-29)
May 27, 2021 12:35 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +127 / Chicago Cubs -137; Over/Under: +8
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The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Thursday in MLB action at PNC Park.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Cubs have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Cubs have won seven straight games when scoring four or more runs. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 52 hits and 30 RBI while Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 83 hits and 51 RBI. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 4.74 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 6-10 with a 3.36 ERA and 89 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to snap a five-game losing streak. The Pirates have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five straight games. The Pirates have lost seven straight games when scoring three or less runs. Adam Frazier leads the Pirates with 62 hits and 14 RBI while Bryan Reynolds and Kevin Newman have combined for 84 hits and 27 RBI. Tyler Anderson gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 4.73 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. Anderson is 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 4-9 in their last 13 during game 3 of a series and 64-29 in their last 94 Thursday games. The Pirates are 11-4 in their last 15 Thursday games and 6-18 in their last 24 overall. The under is 5-1-1 in Cubs last 7 overall. The under is 5-1 in Pirates last 6 home games. The Cubs are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Chicago Cubs are starting to heat up and they’ve been money in the favorite role these last couple of weeks. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost five straight games and the offense can’t get out of their own way. It feels like these teams are heading in completely different directions. While Kyle Hendricks hasn’t been great this season, you can argue the Cubs should be bigger favorites in this spot. Give me the Cubs and the reasonable price.