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Chi Cubs vs. Pittsburgh,
07/01/2019 19:05 EDT,
Score: 5 - 18
Money Line: -116 Chi Cubs
10* Chi Cubs (7:05 ET): The Cubs have fallen out of first place in the NL Central again as they are now in a tie w/ Milwaukee. Yet despite the identical records, the Cubs have a far superior run differential compared to the Brew Crew (+64 vs. -4) and my view is that the Cubbies are the MUCH better team. Another team that the Cubs are clearly better than right now is Pittsburgh. The Pirates' ability to stay within striking distance of .500 has to be commended as they are -56 in run differential, the third worst mark in the entire National League. I like the Cubs to take Monday's series opener.
Over the weekend, the Cubs dropped two of three to a Cincinnati team that is much better than its record implies. Sunday's 8-6 loss saw a late comeback fall short and as a result the Cubs finished June at 14-15 overall, their 1st losing month since the 2017 season. Starting today for them will be Adbert Alzolay, whose first career start really couldn't have gone much better. It was last Tuesday and while he walked four, Alzolay allowed only one run in 4 2/3 innings. The Cubs failed to get the win (lost 3-2 to Atlanta), but don't blame Alzolay. Here, he'll be facing a Pirates' lineup that scored all of five runs in its last series.
That last series for Pittsburgh was against Milwaukee and saw them dump two of three. They also lost two of three in the only prior series with the Cubs this year (back in April). Both losses were shutouts. They're probably going to need to score plenty today w/ Trevor Williams on the mound and I just don't see that happening. Williams has allowed 11 runs in his L2 starts, including four HR's. For the year, he has a 6.00 ERA at home. The Pirates allow nearly 6.0 runs per game at home this year, which is tied for 4th worst in all of baseball. The Cubs average 5.3 rpg on the road, which is near the top. I just don't see the Pirates scoring enough to compete here. 10* Chi Cubs