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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs Prediction and Betting Odds

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs Prediction and Betting Odds. The 17-19 Pittsburgh Pirates are set to take on the 20-15 Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois tonight May 16, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 4:05 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Pirates +100 / Cubs -120
O/U: 6.5 runs

Pitching Match Up
Pittsburgh: Gerrit Cole (5-1, 2.32 ERA)
Chicago: Jon Lester (3-2, 4.10 ERA)

In their last games: In Game 1 of this 3 game series yesterday the Cubs beat the Pirates 11-10 in 12 innings.

The Pirates go itno Chicago in the 2nd game of this 3 game series. The 5-1 Gerrit Cole goes for the Pirates and the 3-2 Jon Lester goes for the Cubs. The Cubs open at -120 with a line sitting at 6.5 runs. The Cubs are hot winners of 5 straight games and they are now in 2nd place in the NL Central 4 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals. In the first series between these 2 division rivals the Pirates took 2 of 3 games in Pittsburgh and in the last series in Chicago the Cubs swept the 3 games. The Cubs rank 12th in the Majors in runs scored and 19th in team ERA. The Pirates have lost 3 straight and they are in 4th place in the NL Central 7.5 games back of the Cardinals. While the pitching for Pittsburgh this season has been solid ranking 3rd in team ERA their offense only ranks 21st in runs scored.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 12 games between these 2 teams the Over record if 8-2-2.

The Pirates are 4-0 in Cole’s last 4 road starts against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 4-0 in Lester’s last 4 starts.

This season the Cubs are 12-7 at home and the Pirates are 8-12 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Pittsburgh Pirates: 17-19 SU / O/U 15-16 / Run Line W/L 15-21
Chicago Cubs: 20-15 SU / O/U 16-14 / Run Line W/L 13-22

Pittsburgh at Chicago Key Betting Trends

• PITT is 2-6 in their last 8 road games.
• PITT is 5-17 in their last 22 games as a road underdog.
• PITT has an Under record of 9-3-2 in their last 14 road games.
• CHI is 5-0 in their last 5 overall.
• CHI is 5-0 in their last 5 home games.
• CHI has an Under record of 5-2-1 in their last 8 home games.

Key Player Injuries

PIRATES
[P] 04/06/2015 – Brandon Cumpton 15-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Charlie Morton 15-day DL (4/6) ( Hip )
[SS] 04/06/2015 – Justin Sellers 15-day DL (3/27) ( Heel )
[LF] 05/07/2015 – Andrew Lambo 15-day DL (5/4) ( Plantar Fasciitis )

CUBS
3B] 04/17/2015 – Mike Olt 60-day DL (4/15) ( Wrist )
[P] 04/17/2015 – Neil Ramirez 15-day DL (4/16) ( Shoulder )
[2B] 04/15/2015 – Tommy La Stella 15-day DL (4/9) ( Ribs )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Dallas Beeler 15-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Jacob Turner 60-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Tsuyoshi Wada 15-day DL (3/27) ( Groin )
[RF] 05/05/2015 – Chris Denorfia 15-day DL (5/5) ( Hamstring )

Free MLB Pick

Gerrit Cole is tied for 2nd in the NL with 5 wins and to say he has dominated the Cubs in the last couple of seasons would be an understatement. He has won his first 6 starts against the Cubs and in those 6 games has an ERA of 2.92. He was named the NL Pitcher of the Month in April and 4 of the wins against the Cubs have come in Chicago. Cole has been dominant on the road this season going 5-0 with an ERA of 2.36 and in his last 7 road starts he has only given up 1 home run. Chicago starter Jon Lester got off to a slow start this season going 0-2 with an ERA of 6.89 in his first 3 starts, but he is 3-0 with an ERA of 2.42 in his last 4 starts, which have all been Cubs’ wins.

This is a great pitching match up tonight and do not expect a high scoring game like yesterday’s 11-10 barnburner. The Cubs’ have scored 29 runs in their 5-game winning streak and speaking of streaks they will snap Cole’s winning streak against them with a another win today.

Take the CUBS

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