Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Date and Time: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: PNC Park
Cubs vs. Pirates TV Coverage: FOX
The Cubs were 12-17 in their first 29 road games, with 14 games going over the total, 14 going under, with one push. They are scoring 4.7 runs per game and giving up 4.1 per contest.
The Pirates were 18-15 in their first 33 home games, with 16 games going over, 12 going under the total, with five pushes. They are scoring 4.3 runs per game and giving up 4.3 per contest.
Probable Pitching Matchup
Arrieta is 6-4 on the season but his ERA is 4.68. He has been a little better of late, with a 1-0 record in his last three starts, with a 3.86 ERA. Arrieta has not looked like the pitcher he was a year ago, as his velocity is down. He faced the Pirates earlier this season at home in a game the Pirates won by a score of 8-7.
Nova has been really good for Pittsburgh this season, as he is 6-4 with a 2.83 ERA. He gave up no runs in six innings last time out against the Marlins. He is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in his last three starts. He faced the Cubs once last season and pitched well, allowing just one run.
This is already the third series between the teams this season. They played in Chicago in mid-April with the Pirates winning all three games. They played in Pittsburgh in late April and the Cubs took two of three. The Cubs have won five of the last ten in Pittsburgh, with 8 of the last 10 going over the total.
Cubs vs. Pirates Free Picks
I am not sold that Arrieta is going to turn the corner this season, while Nova has been really good for the Pirates. I will take Pittsburgh to win this game on Saturday night. Make sure to check back for odds at BetDSI.
Cubs vs. Pirates ATS Pick: Go with the Pirates at BetDSI
Cubs vs. Pirates Score Prediction: Pirates 5, Cubs 3