Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Monday April 8, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +105 / Chicago Cubs -125 -- Over/Under:
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs meet Monday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Pirates have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Pittsburgh Pirates are 3-3 this season when scoring at least three runs. Adam Frazier leads the Pirates with 10 hits and three RBI while Josh Bell and Melky Cabrera have combined for 18 hits and 11 RBI. Jameson Taillon gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. Taillon is 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look for a victory here after losing seven of their last eight games. The Cubs have allowed 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in all nine games this season. The Chicago Cubs have lost 10 of their last 15 games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Jason Heyward leads the Cubs with 10 hits and eight RBI while Ben Zobrist and Javier Baez have combined for 20 hits and 10 RBI. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Lester is 9-6 with a 3.18 ERA and 92 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. National League Central, 10-4 in Taillon's last 14 road starts and 7-3 in Taillon's last 10 starts. The Cubs are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series, 38-14 in Lester's last 52 home starts and 60-28 in Lester's last 88 starts. The Cubs are 6-1 in Lester's last 7 starts vs. Pirates and the Pirates are 5-2 in Taillon's last 7 starts vs. Cubs. The over is 14-6 in Lester's last 20 starts overall. The under is 7-1 in Taillon's last 8 starts overall.
The Chicago Cubs can't allow this season to get much further away from them if they hope to make anything of this season and finally playing a home game should certainly help. The Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a strong start, but all five of their wins came against a Cincinnati Reds team that can't do anything offensively. Lester has also been very solid in two games this season and has success against the Pirates, which includes holding current hitters to a .245 batting average with 49 strikeouts in 212 at bats. I'll take the reasonable price with the Cubs at home.