Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates

CHICAGO CUBS VS PITTSBURGH PIRATES

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The Pirates host the Cubs for game 1 of their 3 game series. For the Cubs, Jon Lester will take the mound posting a 4.55 era and a whip of 1.20. Lester has 22 strike outs on the season with a record of 2-1. Lester has a slightly below average exit velocity at 88.9 mph so I would expect some regression on his era as he starts more games this season. The Cubs batting average as a team is sitting at .225 with a woba of .321.

For the Pirates, Chad Kuhl will take the mound posting a 2.52 era with a whip of 1.08. Kuhl has 20 strike outs on the season and is 1-1 this season. Kuhl also has a below average exit velocity sitting at 88.6 mph, so I'm expecting his era to go up a couple runs after he starts a few more games. As a team, the Pirates have a batting average at .219 with a woba of .267 which is the bottom 1% of the league.

I have to rock with the Cubs to win the game this one, Chad Kuhl is due for regression and the Pirates batting with be their demise in this game.

Chicago Cubs:
Record: 20-14

Last 10 Games: 4-6

Streak: W1

Pittsburgh Pirates:
Record: 10-22

Last 10 Games: 5-5

Streak: L1

  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games.
  • Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.
  • Chi Cubs are 12-4 SU in their last 16 games against Pittsburgh.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games against Chi Cubs.
  • Pittsburgh are 5-11 SU in their last 16 games at home.

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