Pittsburgh Pirates (11-8) at Chicago Cubs (10-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 28, 2015, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs -123 / Pittsburgh Pirates +113 --- Over/Under:
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Pirates have allowed five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Pirates have won seven straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Neil Walker leads Pittsburgh with 22 hits and nine RBI while Starling Marte and Pedro Alvarez have combined for 24 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won five of their last seven road games. Jeff Locke gets the ball, and he’s 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA and has 15 strikeouts this season. Locke is 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Cubs have allowed five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four of their last seven games. The Cubs have won five straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro leads Chicago with 24 hits and 11 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler have combined for 18 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last eight home games. Travis Wood takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Wood is 5-7 with a 4.35 ERA and 64 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Lockes last 5 starts. The Cubs are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 4-0 in Woods last 4 starts as a home favorite. The Cubs are 2-5 in Woods last 7 starts vs. Pirates.
The Pirates have had great success against Wood throughout his career, and Locke has been solid in his last couple of starts. I like the value of the plus money here.