Chicago Cubs (70-50) at Pittsburgh Pirates (61-61)
|Date & Time||Friday August 17, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +130 / Chicago Cubs -140 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Friday in MLB action at PNC Park.
The Chicago Cubs look for another victory after winning six of their last nine 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 eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least one run. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 129 hits and 89 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward have combined for 214 hits and 128 RBI. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he is 7-9 with a 4.22 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 4-3 with a 2.72 ERA and 81 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates need a victory here in order to get a game above a .500 record. The Pirates have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost five straight games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Corey Dickerson leads the Pirates with 118 hits and 46 RBI while Starling Marte and Josh Bell have combined for 216 hits and 111 RBI. Trevor Williams gets the ball, and he is 10-8 with a 3.66 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. Williams is 2-2 with a 4.01 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 8-3 in their last 11 games vs. a right-handed starter and 10-4 in their last 14 Friday games. The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Williams' last 5 starts. The Cubs are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and the over is 17-8 in the last 25 meetings in Pittsburgh.
Williams has been extremely sharp for the Pirates this season, especially lately, but he's pitching for a Pittsburgh club that has lost steam and has all but taken itself out of the playoff race rather quickly. In 18 innings with the Cubs, Hamels has allowed 11 hits and three runs while striking out 20 batters. While it's a short sample size, Hamels looks like the all-star pitcher he was back with the Phillies. Not to mention the Cubs have a much more trustworthy offense. I'll take Chicago and the cheap price.