Jake Arrieta (6-0, 1.12 ERA) takes the hill for the Chicago Cubs (26-8) as they square off against Jeff Locke (1-2, 4.68 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (18-16) in the second of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 9-4, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 2:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 14 and can be seen on WLS and RTPT.
Arrieta pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking four in a 4-3 win over the Nationals. Anthony Rizzo (.274, 28 Rs, 10 HRs, 29 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Locke went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out one and walking two in a 6-4 defeat to the Cardinals in his most recent start. Andrew McCutchen (.261, 24 Rs, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Pirates, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Chicago and Pittsburgh are Cubs -270, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now.
The Cubs have the edge in the season series, 4-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs hold a 14-2 record in matchups against NL Central rivals, while the Pirates currently sit at 11-10 in these games.
The Cubs managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are coming in with a 12-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Pirates are 2-10. The Cubs have a 2-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 17th in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 35 this season. Chicago ranks 12th with 40 home runs.
Ranking ninth, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.97 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at second with 9.85.
Ranking sixth, Pittsburgh is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.797). Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .810.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, they are 10-13. When the Cubs allow one or more homers, they have a 12-5 record.