Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 10, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -156 / Pittsburgh Pirates +135
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs meet in game two of their three game NL Central division set from Wrigley Field in MLB action on Wednesday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to rebound after being blanked in the series opener by a final score of 10-0 on Monday. Melky Cabrera had two hits while Adam Frazier, Jacob Stallings, Jason Martin, Kevin Newman and Steven Brault each had a base hit as none of Pittsburgh’s seven hits went for extra bases in the losing effort. Jameson Taillon took the loss, falling to 0-2 after allowing six unearned runs on four hits while striking out four over two innings of work. Jordan Lyles will start game two and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 2 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lyles is 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA and 31 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to build on their game one victory from Monday. Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber each had two RBIs with Schwarber going yard while Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Jon Lester each had RBIs with Bryant and Lester each adding a double. Daniel Descalso added a double of his own to cap off Chicago’s offense in the winning effort. Jon Lester threw two scoreless innings, striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Brad Brach got the win to improve to 1-0 this season. Yu Darvish will start game two and is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his career, Darvish is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 division games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 game 2 matchups. Chicago is 2-7 in their last 9 games overall and 1-7 in their last 8 games following an off day while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 Wednesday games. The under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
Chicago being favored at home makes sense, but there’s no way I’m laying any kind of juice with the Cubs with Darvish on the mound. Even with the Cubs winning big on Monday, Darvish gives me no confidence, allowing six runs in 6.2 innings of work this season. Lyles has been known as more of a reliever in recent outings, but Lyles still threw five shutout innings in his debut and the Pirates still have some solid offense in their lineup. I’ll take a shot with Pittsburgh and the plus money as more of a fade from Chicago with Darvish on the bump.