Pittsburgh Pirates (31-33) at Chicago Cubs (37-24)
|Date & Time||Sunday June 10, 2018, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs -176 / Pittsburgh Pirates +166 --- Over/Under:
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs meet Sunday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The Pirates have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost 11 of their last 13 games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Corey Dickerson leads the Pirates with 72 hits and 32 RBI while Starling Marte and Josh Bell have combined for 111 hits and 59 RBI. Joe Musgrove gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Musgrove is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look to keep the ball rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Cubs have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Chicago Cubs have won 11 straight games when scoring more than one run. Kris Bryant lead the Cubs with 65 hits and 29 RBI while Javier Baez and Willson Contreras have combined for 114 hits and 68 RBI. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he is 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 4-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 1-5 in their last 6 road games, 1-6 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 0-4 in their last 4 Sunday games. The Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games, 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Hendricks' last 5 starts. The Pirates are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago, the Cubs are 1-4 in Hendricks' last 5 starts vs. Pirates and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking more and more like the team we expected to see once they traded away their top players, while the Chicago Cubs are one of the hottest teams in baseball and appear ready to takeover their division. Musgrove has been really solid this season, but he's pitched just 19 innings and has yet to pitch on the road this season. Hendricks has been decent for much of the year and is at his best at home where he has a 3.09 ERA and an allowed batting average of .193. Hard not to back the Cubs at home in their current form and with a solid pitcher on the hill.