In the last of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (27-8) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (18-17) at Wrigley Field, Jon Lester (4-1, 1.96 ERA) and Gerrit Cole (3-3, 3.78 ERA) get the ball. The Cubs won the last game 8-2, and Chicago leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 15 and will air on CSCh and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, Lester pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking one in an 8-7 victory over the Padres. Anthony Rizzo (.279, 29 Rs, 11 HRs, 33 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, and four RBIs. The Pirates were victorious over the Cardinals 10-5 the last time Cole pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking two. Andrew McCutchen (.261, 25 Rs, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cubs -150 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable.
In their previous five games this season, the Cubs have a 5-0 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs sit at 15-2 against division rivals, while the Pirates have an even 11-11 record against their foes.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Pirates have a 4-5 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Cubs have a slight leg up on the Pirates, as the Cubs have won their last two games while the Pirates have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 14-5. The Cubs have a 22-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth, Pittsburgh sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 169 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at second with 213.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 181 this season. Pittsburgh ranks sixth with 139 walks.
The Cubs are 21-2 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Pirates are 12-8 when they hit at least one homer.