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(18-16) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (26-8)
Date: Sunday May 15, 2016
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Gerrit Cole vs. Jon Lester
MLB Moneyline Odds: Off
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates conclude their weekend series as two of the teams most reliable pitchers take the hill.
These games hold an importance for the Pirates as the Cubs have built quite the gap already in the NL Central.
Despite an 18-16 record, the Pirates already have a giant gap to close on the first place Cubs.
Getting them when you play them is the most important time to grab a win. Pittsburgh fell in the series opener as Francisco Liriano failed to hold the Cubs offense down, as the pitching continues to be a problem for them. On the road this season, the Pirates have conceded well above 5 runs per game.
Trying to flip the script, the Pirates will send out Gerrit Cole here. Cole is 3-3 on the season and sits with an ERA of 3.78. He’s factored in every start this season and comes in off a win against the Cardinals. Cole finished with 6.0 innings of work, only allowing 2 runs.
It’s just becoming a norm for the Cubs to win ballgames.
Chicago opened their series with the Pirates with a 9 spot as the high powered offense just continues to produce. On the season, Chicago has averaged 6.03 runs per game. While that is impressive itself, they’re doing it with the pitching too. They concede just 2.97 runs per game, as this is one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.
Looking to continue the trend, Jon Lester will take the hill. Lester has been a big reason behind that pitching success, as he sits at 4-1 on the year with an ERA of only 1.96. Lester has won 3 of his last 4 starts, with the other one being a ND. Last time out, Lester finished with 6.0 innings of work, only allowing 3 runs, as he got the win in a crazy 8-7 victory.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 6-1 in their last 7 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Pirates are 26-10 in their last 36 Sunday games.
- Pirates are 7-3 in their last 10 road games.
- Cubs are 44-9 in their last 53 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Cubs are 44-12 in their last 56 vs. National League Central.
- Cubs are 38-13 in their last 51 overall.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
This will be the best pitching matchup of the series.
Both pitchers have good stuff and could force runs to be at a premium here in this one.
However, give the edge to Lester. He’s been extremely effective this season and has gotten the Cubs length in every start.
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The Cubs close things out here with a win behind Lester and his quality start.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 5- Pittsburgh 2
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