Pittsburgh Pirates (@2.55) vs Chicago Cubs (@1.5)

Our Prediction:

Chicago Cubs will win

Pittsburgh Pirates – Chicago Cubs Match Prediction | 13-09-2019 16:05

The 30-year-old enters Sunday with a 4.11 ERA and 4.21 xFIP with 8.23 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.39 walks. He walked one and gave up just one earned run (two total). He has been best on the road with a 4.06 ERA through 62 innings as the visitor, but opponents post a collective .318 wOBA. Quintana is coming off a career-best 14-strikeout performance over six innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Keller picked up his first MLB win in his return to the major league rotation Aug. He struck out four with two walks and two runs (one earned) over five innings against the Los Angeles Angels. 12. A former second-round pick, Keller enters play with a 7.94 ERA through 17 innings this year, giving up 15 earned runs but just one homer. The 23-year-old is expected to remain in the starting rotation through the end of the regular season.

Chicago lost the game despite their home runs from Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo. Last night, Pittsburgh smashed seven runs with the help of Bryce Harper and they managed to restrict Chicago to five from the plate. At present, the Cubs are holding the top spot with the Cardinals. The Cubs are facing their own issues and they were unable to defeat Pittsburgh on Thursday. PNC Park will play host to Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday as they continue their series from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pirates are a long way out, but are trying their best to focus on winning.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Steven Brault will start game two and is 3-1 with a 4.33 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Joe Musgrove allowed two runs on four hits while striking out nine over 7.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Colin Moran, Cole Tucker and Kevin Newman each had an RBI while Bryan Reynolds, Starling Marte and Jacob Stallings each had a base hit as well as the Pirates had just five hits as well in the victory. The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to build on their series opening win over Chicago from Friday. In his career, Brault is 0-0 with a 7.53 ERA and 19 strikeouts against the Cubs. Keone Kela got the win to improve to 2-0 on the year.

As predicted the road is not being kind to the Cubs who have now lost three straight to the Pirates, for straight overall and 7 of their last 10. The Cubs should be in panic mode in an effort to stop the bleeding. The Chicago Cubs 45-42 SU will attempt to do a little better when they take on the Pirates 42-43 SU tonight in an effort to avoid the sweep.

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Mitch Keller will start game three and is 1-1 with a 7.94 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Adam Frazier had a double while Starling Marte, Kevin Newman and Elias Diaz each had a base hit as Pittsburgh also had four hits as a team in the loss with the rest of the team going 0 for 19 with 3 strikeouts. Steven Brault took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the year after allowing one run on two hits while striking out eight over seven innings of work. The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to rebound to take the series after dropping game two on Saturday. This will be Kellers first career start against the Cubs.

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