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(18-15) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (25-8)
Date: Saturday May 14 2016
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Jeff Locke vs Jake Arrieta
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -250
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total:OFF
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This National League Central matchup includes two of the powerhouse rosters in the National League.
The Pirates seem to be struggling this year, but its not too late to turn it around.
The Cubs are the hottest team in baseball, flat out, they look to continue the streak.
The Pittsburgh Pirates lineup is not what it has been struggling so far this season, with only one starter hitting above .300.
Starling Marte is hitting .336 on the year while taking 13 doubles. Andrew McCutchen is not hitting for an average he is used to, but he is leading the team in home runs with 7 so far this season.
He also is hitting .248 with 14 RBI’s. Gregory Polanco is having a solid year, where he is leading the team in RBI’s with 19 while hitting .275 on the year.
The Pirates are sending out Jeff Locke in the Saturday afternoon game.
Locke is currently 2-1 with a 4.68 E.R.A. with 22 strikeouts on the year. They were last in action in St. Louis in a no decision. He threw 6 innings of work while only giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits.
Locke only struck out 1 lone Cardinal in the game. Locke looks to get things on the roll against Arrieta and the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs are playing like the best team this leagues ever seen, beside losing 2 straight to the Padres this week.
The Cubs are led in hitting by Dexter Fowler. Fowler is hitting .333 on the year with 12 two baggers.
Ben Zobrist has been a key acquisition for this offseason, he is hitting .309 on the year with 28 runs batted in.
Anthony Rizzo is off to a hot start with a .275 average with 10 home runs and 29 runs batted in, both leading the team.
Jake Arrieta takes the mound Saturday afternoon, and he is the unanimous best pitcher in the league to this point. Arrieta is currently 6-0 on the year with a 1.13 E.R.A with 44 strikeouts.
He was last in action last weekend against the nationals in a no decision.
He threw 5 innings of work where he only gave up 2 earned runs on 6 hits.
He had 7 strikeouts with 4 walks, most of these coming to Bryce Harper where he was walked 6 times in one game.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-1 in PIT last 8 Sat. games.
- Over is 12-4-1 in PIT last 17 road games.
- Over is 20-7-1 in PIT last 28 overall.
- Over is 8-2-1 in CHC last 11 games following a win.
- Over is 14-4-2 in CHC last 20 overall.
- Over is 14-4-2 in CHC last 20 on grass.
- Under is 6-1-1 in Arrietas last 8 starts vs. PIT.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
This game looks good on paper, Pirates vs Cubs, should be a good one.
I do not think this will be a close game.
This Cubs team seems to never been losing ever again, especially with Jake on the mound. Arrieta seems to be untouchable every game this season, to the point where people believe he’s on PED’s.
That’s when you know you made it, when people accuse you of cheating. I look for Jake to keep them below the 2 run limit with this struggling Pirates lineup.
Look for the Cubs to beat up Locke on the offensive end, I do not think he can hang with this lineup.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: LEAN OVER (Assuming total is around 6.5 or 7), small play on Cubs RL.
Don’t believe there will be much value to the pick, but look for the Cubs to roll in this one pretty handily.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 2 Chicago 7
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