SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Wednesday in MLB action at PNC Park. The Chicago Cubs need a win after losing 13 of their last 15 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates look to build on their 3-game winning streak.
The Chicago Cubs have scored 2 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 5 of their last 10 games. The Cubs have lost 5 of their last 6 games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Ian Happ leads the Cubs with 65 hits and 32 RBI, while Willson Contreras and Frank Schwindel have combined for 112 hits and 60 RBI. Keegan Thompson gets the ball, and he is 6-2 with a 3.27 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. Thompson is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have scored 23 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 6 games. The Pirates have won 7 of their last 11 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Ke’Bryan Hayes leads the Pirates with 62 hits and 22 RBI, while Bryan Reynolds and Michael Chavis have combined for 106 hits and 44 RBI. Jerad Eickhoff gets the ball, and he was 0-2 with a 8.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts last season. Eickhoff is 2-2 with a 3.23 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 0-6 in their last 6 road games and 3-13 in their last 16 overall. The Pirates are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 3-11 in their last 14 overall. The under is 12-5-2 in Pirates last 19 Wednesday games. The under is 11-5-1 in the last 17 meetings in Pittsburgh and 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings.
Both of these offenses have been terrible lately, but this pitching matchup has the potential to cure those issues. Keegan Thompson has allowed 15 hits and 13 earned runs in his last 15 innings, while Jerad Eickhoff has allowed 19 hits and 14 earned runs in his last 9.2 innings. Just bad pitching all around. Give me the over.