Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Sunday July 14, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -166 / Pittsburgh Pirates +156
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs will meet up on the MLB diamond to finish their series on Sunday.
The Cubs eked out a 4-3 victory in the Friday opener of this set. On Saturday, Chicago got another one 10-4.
For Sunday’s game, the Pirates will be sending out Trevor Williams for the start. Over his 71.1 innings and 3-2 mark so far, Williams has a 4.54 ERA with 57 Ks and 13 BBs.
Pittsburgh logged 11 hits on Saturday but couldn’t climb out of a big first-inning hole. Starling Marte had a pair of solo homers and five Pirates batters finished with two hits.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they’re going with Jose Quintana on Sunday. Across 101.0 innings and a 6-7 record, Quintana has a 4.19 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 30 walks.
Chicago stepped on the gas Saturday with seven runs in the first inning. Pitcher Jon Lester even got in on the action with a homer, two runs and three RBI.
The Pirates are 5-1 in their last six in game three of a series and 8-3 in Williams’ last 11 starts in game three of a series. Pittsburgh is 2-5 in Williams’ last seven Sunday starts and the under is 5-1 in their last six Sunday games.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 2-5 in their last seven Sunday games and 0-4 in their last four in game three of a series. Chicago is 2-6 in Quintana’s last eight starts and 1-4 in his last five home starts.
Williams has been a little sketchy over his last three outings. In that span, he’s given up 16 earned across 17.1 innings on a total of 26 hits and five homers.
As for Quintana, he coughed up eight earned versus the Mets in late June but since has connective quality starts with three earned in 13.0 innings. I like Quintana to keep it going here and help the Cubs to a win.