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33-31 (15-16 V) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs 44-20 (22-8 H)
Date: Friday June 17th
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
MLB Betting Lines: Cubs -260
MLB Betting Total: N/A
Probable Pitchers: LHP Francisco Liriano (4-6, 4.92) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (10-1, 1.86), RHP
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The Pirates and Cubs meet on Friday afternoon for the first of a three game set at Wrigley Field. On the mound will be Francisco Liriano for the Pirates and the Cubs will send out Jake Arrieta.
Liriano is 4-6 with a 4.92 ERA on the season while Arrieta is 10-1 with a 1.86 ERA.
Liriano has been terrible over his seven starts. The 32-year-old is 2-5 in the stretch having given up 25 runs in 39.2 innings.
Arrieta on the other hand has been incredible all season and has continued to show he’s among the league’s best pitchers.
The Pirates have struggled to score over the last few games. Over the last five games, the Pirates have yet to score more than four runs.
Starling Marte leads the Pirates with a .332 average and 19 stolen bases.
Gregory Polanco is hitting .296 with nine homers and 39 RBI.
On May 13th Liriano gave up eight runs in 4.2 innings against the Cubs in a loss.
Pittsburgh is 6-6 in 12 Liriano starts this season.
Liriano is 1-3 with a 7.09 ERA on the road on the year opposed to 3-3 with a 2.86 at home.
Chicago is the best team in the league this season and a big reason has been the starting pitching. Arrieta continues to dominate while John Lackey has pitched incredible over the last few weeks.
Jon Lester (8-3, 1.89 ERA) and Jason Hammel (7-2, 2.26 ERA) have been great all year as well.
The offense is led by Ben Zobrist who is hitting .316 with 39 RBI. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have 15 homers apiece.
The Cubs are 11-2 in 13 Arrieta starts this year.
Arrieta is 3-1 with a 1.89 ERA at home this season.
MLB Betting Trends
- The Pirates are 2-6 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- The Pirates are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
- The Pirates are 1-6 in their last 7 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- The Cubs are 48-16 in their last 64 vs. National League Central.
- The Cubs are 47-18 in their last 65 home games.
- The Cubs are 10-2 in Arrietas last 12 home starts.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
Chicago has a huge edge with Arrieta on the mound. I expect Arrieta to shut down a talented Pirates offense.
4* Free MLB Betting Prediction: Chicago RL
Liriano is due for a good start but it won’t happen at Wrigley. He should have a decent outing but he won’t match Arrieta’s performance.
MLB Baseball Free Score Prediction: Chicago 5 Pittsburgh 2
Take the Cubs in a comfortable win to begin the series.
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