Cubs vs. Pirates Prediction

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 5/29/18, Prediction & Odds

A controversial slide into home by Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was the story in yesterday's shutout win by Chicago at the Pittsburgh Pirates. Will Pittsburgh get some revenge today as the series continues?

Game Snapshot

951 Chicago Cubs at 952 Pittsburgh Pirates

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

PNC Park at 7:05PM ET

TV: ATT SportsNet (PIT)

Compare odds from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our newBaseball Odds & Betting Page.

 

Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers, the Cubs are a -117 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Pirates are a +117 underdog, while the total is set at 8 runs. As of Tuesday morning, 76 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Chicago. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest information.

Rizzo slide stirs debate

In the eighth inning of Monday's 7-0 Cubs win, Rizzo slid into the leg of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz which caused an errant throw into the outfield as Chicago pushed its lead to 5-0. Rizzo finished his day 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Addison Russell was 2-for-2 off with bench with a home run, two runs and two RBIs. Javier Baez finished 2-for-5 with a run. Chris Gimenez also notched two hits. Chad Kuhl was the tough-luck losing pitcher for Pittsburgh as he gave up one earned run over six innings, striking out five and walking four. 

Montgomery, bullpen combine on two-hitter

Cubs starter Mike Montgomery allowed two hits while striking out five and walking none through 5 2/3 innings of work to pick up the win. Four relievers - Steve Cishek, Justin Wilson, Pedro Strop and Luke Farrell, threw 3 1/3 innings of hitless baseball the rest of the way. Corey Dickerson and Sean Rodriguez had the only two hits for the Pirates.

Jon Lester (4-2, 2.37 ERA) will start today for Chicago, while Nick Kingham (2-1, 3.44) is on the mound for Pittsburgh.

MLB Betting Trends

Chicago

The under is 5-2-1 in the last eight Cubs road games. Chicago is 7-3 in the last 10 Lester starts.

Pittsburgh

The Pirates are 2-8 in their last 10 games overall. Pittsburgh is 1-6 in its last seven home games.

Prediction:

Pittsburgh is trending downward right now, but has some motivation to rebound after yesterday's controversy. Kingham has been solid for the most part since being called up by the Pirates and Chicago's offense can sometimes take a cat nap especially away from home. Lester can have the occasional start where he gets rocked and perhaps this is the day as Pittsburgh needs to get something going after being limited to two hits in the series opener.

MLB DAILY PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH PIRATES +107

Loading...

MLB Headlines

MLB Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Rays Game 3 Prediction With the series evened at one game apiece, the Dodgers and Rays will meet in Game 3 of the 2020 World Series on Friday night at 8:08 p.m. ET. With the Dodgers once...
Thumbnail Rays vs. Dodgers Game 2 Prediction The Dodgers took Game 1 of the 2020 World Series 8-3 and cashed as a large favorite over the underdog Rays. The over also hit easily as L.A.’s bats came alive in the...
Thumbnail Rays vs. Dodgers Game 1 Prediction Game 1 of the 2020 World Series takes place tonight at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX as the Dodgers take on the Rays at 8:09 p.m. ET. With Tyler Glasnow set to...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Rays Game 6 Prediction The Astros have rallied back in the ALCS to win a pair of games but they still trail the Rays three games to two and still face elimination on Friday evening when...
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Braves Game 4 Prediction After routing the Braves in Game 3 on Wednesday, will the Dodgers pick up another win and even up their series with Atlanta in Game 4 tonight at 8:08 p.m. ET?...