Stephen Nover's Wednesday Wipeout Winner
Chi Cubs vs. Pittsburgh,
08/01/2018 19:05 EDT,
Score: 9 - 2
Money Line: -115 Chi Cubs
Nick Kingham and his 4.80 ERA isn't likely to be in the Pirates' starting rotation too much longer with Chris Archer coming on board.
I'm going to lay a short road price with the better team, Cubs, and what I see as a rejuvenated Cole Hamels.
Hamels gets a repreive coming to the Cubs from the 46-63 Rangers. Hamels had a bad July. He said his arm is fine. His problem was mechanics, which he said have been straighten out now. Hamels should do better in the National League. The four-time All-Star is past his prime, but he still knows how to pitch and his fastball still has zip as evidenced by 114 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings.
Hamels last faced the Pirates two years ago. He has a 1.22 career ERA in five starts versus Pittsburgh.
Kinghman is off a bad start against the lowly Mets where he yielded six runs in three-plus innings on seven hits and four walks during a 12-6 home loss this past Thursday.