Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs, last game of the series. The Pirates have one last chance today to win the series. A victory for everyone so far in the series. Last night the Cubs won 0-2. The game was tight from the first inning. The Cubs want to win, with the first game loss, the Cardinals took first place in the Central Division in the NL.
Pittsburgh Pirates: From the bottom of the division.
The Pirates are not playing for anything. Actually, the only purpose of the Pirates is to hurt the Cubs. If visitors lose another game, the chances of reaching the playoffs decrease. Last night in the second game was a war from the mound. Jon Lester won against Steven Brault.
At home the Pirates are scoring an average of 4.84 runs per game, 2.90 walks, 7.03 strike outs, 9.31 hits, 0.97 home runs and 14.57 left on base. The defense allows up to 5.79 runs per game, 3.57 walks, 8.90 strike outs, 9.57 hits, 1.55 home runs and 14.79 left on base.
Mitch Keller to close the series. 1-1 in his first year as a professional. 7.94 ERA, 17.0 pitched innings, 26 hits, 18 runs, 19 strike outs and 2000 WHIP. The only game at home was a defeat against the Tigers 4-5 in June.
Chicago Cubs: We’re not going to stop.
The Cubs don’t want to lose the playoff window. Beating the Cardinals is relatively easy with three more wins. Those numbers would also be enough to beat the Nationals 66-56. It’s a long way to the top again, but it’s not difficult for the Cubs. The problem has been the poor performance of the Cubs playing on the road, 4-6 in the last 10 games.
On the road the Cubs are scoring an average of 4.78 runs per game, 3.43 walks, 9.60 strike outs, 8.41 hits, 1.65 home runs, and 13.76 left on base. The defense allows up to 4.95 runs per game, 3.46 walks, 8.30 strike outs, 8.89 hits, 1.35 home runs, 13.76 left on base.
Jose Quintana must win the last game. 10-7 in 23 games as starter this season. 4.11 ERA, 135.2 pitched innings, 138 hits, 68 runs, 17 home runs, 124 strike outs and 1283 WHIP. The last game was a defeat against the Phillies 2-4 before this series Cotnra the Cubs.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs 08/18/2019 is: take OVER 9.5 (TOTALS).
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