Chicago Cubs (26-21 ) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (28-22)Date : 05/28/2018
Time : 1:35 PM ET
Location : PNC Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates
The battle of the second spot in the NL Central as the Pirates will welcome the Cubs to PNC Park as both teams will face off in a 3 game series. Whoever comes out on top in this series will be in second place. These two teams are equally matched so it can go neither way. This will be the second meeting between the two teams as the Pirates took the first series meet 2-1.
Chicago Cubs 's Latest Performance :
The Cubs will begin their 7 game road trip, the Cubs are 12-11 on the road this season and only 2 games behind the Pirates for the second spot in the NL Central division, they have a record of 26-21 coming into this series the Cubs are 5th best in batting with 244 runs this season only one ranking above the Pirates. These two teams are equally matched as it will be very interesting to see who will come out on top. Kyle Hendricks came through for the Cubs he retired the first nine batters. He gave up two hits over seven innings giving him eight straight starts of three or fewer earned runs allowed. He is definitely in form right now for the Cubs. The Cubs are ranked 2nd when it comes to pitching for a reason they have pitchers who can singlehandedly win you games.
Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs. He delivered a two-run single as part of a four-run uprising in the seventh inning that put the Cubs ahead 5-1. He has been locked in at the plate since day one this season, slashing .301/.419/.564 with eight homers and 26 RBI. The Cubs will look to him for the offense as they seek to take back the second place in the division.
Pitching for the Cubs will be Tyler Chatwood. He walked six and was charged with four runs over just 2 2/3 innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Indians. He’s now issued 40 walks over 45 2/3 innings on the season and has walked five-plus in six of nine starts. He now owns an ERA of 3.74 striking out 41 and he is 3-4 on the season.
Pittsburgh Pirates's Latest Performance :
The Pirates are coming off an impressive win over the Cards, the Pirates when playing at home are 16-9 on the season. The Pirates now have a record of 28-22 placing them second in the NL Central division. One of the main strength of the Pirates this season has been their batting, they are 6th best in the major averaging 4.88 runs per game. Joe Musgrove finally showcased his talent as he spent two months working his way up to the Major, as he pitched out seven scoreless innings and struck out 7. He also recorded his first Major hit in the bottom of the 6th innings he had himself quite debut for the Pirates. It is necessary for the players to stay ready because they will never know when they will get called up, Musgrove was given the opportunity and he performed.
Francisco Cervelli had a bases-clearing double and a run scored in Friday’s win over the Cardinals. He went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch on the night. Cervelli has plated six runs over his last four games, bringing his total to 30 RBI for the year. He is slashing .283/.401/.535 this season his hand injury doesn’t seem to be bothering him anymore.
Austin Meadows went 2-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base, and two runs scored. He is now batting .448 (13-for-29) through his first seven games in the majors. He has three straight multi-hit games. The Pirates will have a tough decision to make picking between Meadows or Marte going forward.
Pitching for the Pirates will be Chad Kuhl. He had to settle for a no-decision after allowing just one run to the Reds in six innings on Wednesday. Kuhl is 4-2 with a 4.20 ERA in 10 starts. In recent games, he has been pitching really well but the coach has pulled him out early and the bullpen cost them the game. The coach will have a better job of managing playing time.
How Chicago Cubs & Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Pirates are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: Pittsburgh Pirates
My reason for the pick :
The Pirates should easily pick up the win at home over the Cubs as they are 16-9 when playing at home for reason, Kuhl will be determined to pickup a win at home after being charge with a no-decision the last time he played. It will be a very close game between the two but I will have to go with the Pirates base on their home record this season.
Betting trends for Chicago Cubs :
- Cubs are 14-5 in their last 19 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Pirates:
- Pirates are 11-4 in their last 15 home games.