Juan Nicasio (3-2, 3.33 ERA) and Jon Lester (2-1, 1.83 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (15-12) and the Chicago Cubs (19-6) at PNC Park. The Cubs won the last game 7-1, and Chicago leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 12:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 4 and can be seen on CSCh and RTPT.
Nicasio pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 4-1 win over the Reds. Lester went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out 10 and walking two in a 6-1 win over the Braves in his most recent start. Anthony Rizzo (.242, 19 Rs, 8 HRs, 26 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Cubs, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Pittsburgh and Chicago are Cubs -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Cubs have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs sit at 12-2 against their divisional rivals, while the Pirates are 8-6.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Pirates are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Cubs have a 10-0 record in games where opponents scored one run 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 three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 12-4. The Cubs have a 16-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Chicago has earned 153 this season. Pittsburgh ranks fourth with 136 runs.
Chicago tops the league in walks with 134 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at second with 116.
The Pirates are 9-6 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cubs are 14-2 when they hit at least one homer.