Pittsburgh Pirates (17-19) at Chicago Cubs (20-15)
|Date & Time||Sunday May 17, 2015, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs -122 / Pittsburgh Pirates +112 --- Over/Under:
The Chicago Cubs look to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday afternoon.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to snap a four-game losing streak. The Pirates have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Pirates have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 39 hits and 25 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez have combined for 38 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost six of their last eight games on the road. A.J. Burnett gets the nod, and he’s 2-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. Burnett is 7-4 with a 3.13 ERA and 75 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look to build on their six-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Cubs have won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 45 hits and 23 RBI while Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant have combined for 46 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won six straight games on their home field. Jake Arrieta takes the hill, and he’s 4-3 with a 3.00 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 8-17 in Burnetts last 25 road starts. The Cubs are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 6-2 in Arrietas last 8 home starts. The Pirates are 1-4 in Burnetts last 5 starts vs. Cubs.
The Cubs are the hottest team in baseball right now and are scoring runs left and right. Hard to pick against the Cubs right now, especially at home with Arrieta on the mound, who has owned the Pirates.