Jake Arrieta (5-0, 1.00 ERA) takes the mound for the Chicago Cubs (18-6) as they go up against Jonathon Niese (3-0, 5.08 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (15-11) in the second of a three-game series at PNC Park. The Cubs won the last game 7-2, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 3 and will air on WGN and RTPT.
In his last start, Niese pitched 5.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out five and walking two in a 9-8 victory over the Rockies. Gregory Polanco (.312, 18 Rs, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Cubs were also victorious the last time Arrieta pitched. He pitched well, going 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out six and walking four in a 7-2 victory over the Brewers. Anthony Rizzo (.230, 18 Rs, 8 HRs, 25 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Cubs, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cubs -200 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7 at the moment.
The only other game between the two teams went Chicago's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Pirates sit at 8-5 against their division, while the Cubs are 11-2
Pittsburgh has won 46% (6-7) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won all of its games (12-0) when taking a late lead.
The Cubs are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Pirates have a record of 5-5 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 12-4. The Cubs have a 15-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top five of the league based on total runs this season, Pittsburgh ranks fourth with 135 runs and Chicago is second with 146.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 129 this season. Pittsburgh ranks second with 113 walks.
When the Pirates hit at least one home run, they are 9-6. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have a 14-2 record.