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Friday 8/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  +110

+1.5  -130



CHICAGO CUBS (70 - 50) at PITTSBURGH (61 - 61)
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Friday, 8/17/2018 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
905CHICAGO CUBS-140Ov 8.5,+105-130Ov 8,-105
906PITTSBURGH+130Un 8.5,-125+120Un 8,-115
CHICAGO CUBS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games70-50+1.154-634.90.2640.3360.4110.7464.10.2390.3210.3740.694
Road Games32-27-0.426-314.80.2590.3300.4050.7353.60.2270.3080.3540.662
vs Right-handed Starters52-41-3.942-484.70.2630.3360.4100.7464.10.2370.3180.3740.693
Past 7 Games4-3-0.62-42.90.2110.2700.3000.5704.90.2540.3070.3730.680
Grass Games70-50+1.154-634.90.2640.3360.4110.7464.10.2390.3210.3740.694
Night Games33-28-3.826-344.60.2550.3230.3930.7163.60.2380.3160.3590.675
CHICAGO CUBS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.90.2640.33612041631098203261190.411559451100046932967510856
Road Games4.80.2590.33059216456111210610.4052672285342148550396228
Righty Starters4.70.2630.33693321984614419970.4104193577603374774588643
CHICAGO CUBS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.291.285442.71751623623920743627-13361275%
Road Games2.701.2232207066166161032249-915575%

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games61-61-0.658-564.50.2540.3140.4070.7224.50.2560.3190.4000.719
Home Games33-30-1.829-304.30.2570.3230.3960.7194.20.2560.3200.4000.720
vs Left-handed Starters15-21-6.822-134.40.2480.3100.3990.7105.40.2840.3510.4500.801
Past 7 Games2-5-2.83-44.70.2630.3030.3970.6994.90.2610.3130.3760.690
Grass Games61-61-0.658-564.50.2540.3140.4070.7224.50.2560.3190.4000.719
Night Games37-37040-284.80.2650.3270.4150.7425.00.2700.3330.4220.755
PITTSBURGH - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.50.2540.31412241271049194331240.40753036293848811100789849
Home Games4.30.2570.32363207853410018510.3962602024612944547395332
Lefty Starters4.40.2480.310361202298626360.399151109278822734283115
PITTSBURGH - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.211.418410.32091923993918343918-16291467.4%
Home Games3.621.413228.7102922182210523111-617770.8%
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/3/2018QUINTANA(L)SAN DIEGOROSS(R)5-4W-2159 unP1071870
8/4/2018HENDRICKS(R)SAN DIEGOLOCKETT(R)5-4W-25010.5 ovU1191520
8/5/2018LESTER(L)SAN DIEGOLUCCHESI(L)6-10L-16510.5 ovO12601582
8/6/2018HAMELS(L)@ KANSAS CITYJUNIS(R)3-1W-1859 ovU980870
8/7/2018MONTGOMERY(L)@ KANSAS CITYKELLER(R)5-0W-1658.5 evU970690
8/8/2018QUINTANA(L)@ KANSAS CITYFILLMYER(R)0-9L-2209 ovP341940
8/11/2018LESTER(L)WASHINGTONROARK(R)4-9L-1309.5 unO11811390
8/12/2018HAMELS(L)WASHINGTONSCHERZER(R)4-3W+1257.5 ovU650330
8/14/2018QUINTANA(L)MILWAUKEECHACIN(R)0-7L-1409.5 evU3501150
8/15/2018HENDRICKS(R)MILWAUKEEGUERRA(R)8-4W-1459 evO1391991
8/16/2018LESTER(L)@ PITTSBURGHNOVA(R)1-0W-1258.5 evU780650
8/23/2018 CINCINNATI  
8/24/2018 CINCINNATI  

 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/3/2018ARCHER(R)ST LOUISGANT(R)7-6W-1558 ovO127115160
8/4/2018NOVA(R)ST LOUISGOMBER(L)4-8L-1108.5 ovO87114120
8/5/2018WILLIAMS(R)ST LOUISFLAHERTY(R)1-2L+1108.5 evU5611090
8/6/2018MUSGROVE(R)@ COLORADOFREELAND(L)0-2L13010.5 evU251540
8/7/2018TAILLON(R)@ COLORADOBETTIS(R)10-2W-11011 ovO10201071
8/8/2018ARCHER(R)@ COLORADOMARQUEZ(R)4-3W1109.5 ovU11120992
8/9/2018NOVA(R)@ SAN FRANCISCOSUAREZ(L)10-5W1358 unO1351643
8/10/2018HOLMES(R)@ SAN FRANCISCOHOLLAND(L)10-13L1108 unO179016140
8/11/2018WILLIAMS(R)@ SAN FRANCISCOBLACH(L)4-0W1208.5 unU630640
8/12/2018MUSGROVE(R)@ SAN FRANCISCORODRIGUEZ(R)3-4L-1057.5 ovU432750
8/14/2018TAILLON(R)@ MINNESOTAODORIZZI(R)2-5L-1259 ovU7701050
8/15/2018ARCHER(R)@ MINNESOTABERRIOS(R)4-6L1058 unO12121942
8/16/2018NOVA(R)CHICAGO CUBSLESTER(L)0-1L+1158.5 evU650780
8/24/2018 @ MILWAUKEE  
CHICAGO CUBS: 017 92-70, first place, lost to Dodgers in NLCS
MANAGER Joe Maddon (fourth season)
ADDITIONS: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Drew Smyly, C Chris Gimenez
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Wade Davis, C Alex Avila, C Rene Rivera, RHP Jake Arrieta, RHP John Lackey
OUTLOOK: World Series or bust. The acquisition of Darvish, who finalized a $126 million, six-year contract in February, gives Chicago a strong rotation, and the lineup is young, deep and dangerous. A franchise-record six players (Rizzo, Schwarber, Bryant, Happ, Baez and Contreras) belted at least 20 home runs last year, including a major league-record five in an age 25 or younger season. Chicago also scored more than 800 runs in consecutive seasons for the first time since the team surpassed that mark for three consecutive years from 1929-1931. The Cubs have made it to the NL Championship Series for three consecutive seasons, winning it all in 2016 to end a 108-year drought, and there's no reason to think they won't be in the mix for another title this year.
PITTSBURGH: 2017 75-87, fourth place
MANAGER Clint Hurdle (seventh season)
ADDITIONS: OF Corey Dickerson, LHP Kyle Crick, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Michael Feliz, 3B Colin Moran
SUBTRACTIONS: CF Andrew McCutchen, RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Daniel Hudson, C Chris Stewart, 1B John Jaso, RHP Joaquin Benoit
OUTLOOK: General Manager Neal Huntington insists the Pirates are not rebuilding, but it certainly looks that way after they flipped franchise cornerstones McCutchen and Cole for less expensive and less proven talent. The Pirates did nothing in free agency, though they were able to grab Dickerson -- an All-Star for Tampa Bay last season -- in February. Dickerson's arrival gives Pittsburgh some stability in the outfield, but the Pirates still have some serious power issues outside of Bell, who finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Pittsburgh finished 29th in the majors in home runs in 2017, and while McCutchen and Dickerson's numbers are comparable, the rest of the lineup isn't exactly imposing. If Marte can put his suspension-marred 2017 behind him, if Polanco and his hamstrings can stay healthy, if Moran proves he can do more than spell Freese at third, and if Taillon, Kuhl and Williams all improve, Pittsburgh could be competitive. That's a lot of "ifs," probably a few too many.
Cubs look to extend Pirates' losing streak

The Chicago Cubs have a chance to move further into uncharted territory this season and push the Pittsburgh Pirates further from the possibility for a playoff berth Friday as the teams continue a four-game series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

The Cubs, in first place in the National League Central, slipped past Pittsburgh 1-0 in the series opener Thursday to improve to a season-high 20 games over .500 at 70-50.

Pittsburgh lost its fourth straight to fall back to .500 (61-61) and to 10 games behind the Cubs in the division.

It was the Pirates' first of 16 games in a row against teams ahead of them in the playoff chase, while for Chicago it started a stretch of 17 of 24 games on the road.

The Pirates were forced to do some roster shuffling Thursday, placing shortstop Jordy Mercer (left calf strain) on the 10-day disabled list, selecting the contract of infielder Kevin Newman from Triple-A Indianapolis, recalling outfielder Jordan Luplow from Indianapolis, sending catcher Jacob Stallings back to Indianapolis and designating right-hander Casey Sadler for assignment so Newman could be added to the 40-man roster.

Newman made his major league debut as a defensive substitute for Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop in the eighth on Thursday. It's possible he will get his first start as soon as Friday. He was Pittsburgh's first-round draft pick in 2015 and is considered a candidate to become the club's long-term shortstop.

"It's a dream come true," Newman said. "This is what every baseball player strives for and wants to get to. To be here and be in this clubhouse with these guys, it's really exciting."

The pitching matchup Friday features Chicago left-hander Cole Hamels (7-9, 4.22 ERA) against Pittsburgh right-hander Trevor Williams (10-8, 3.66).

Williams has been on a hot streak, allowing just two runs in 29 innings over his past five starts. That includes seven scoreless innings with five hits, all singles, Saturday in a 4-0 win at San Francisco.

He has been the starter for seven of the Pirates' 13 shutout wins, four of them during his five-game hot streak.

"It's a confidence thing," Williams said. "Every time you go out there, you have to trick yourself into thinking you're the best pitcher on the planet that day."

It's a turnaround from earlier this season. In nine outings before this five-start stretch, he allowed 37 runs in 41 innings.

"When he can get (his fastball) down there and live on the knees, there's some downhill angle to it as well," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's what's been impressive."

Against the Cubs, Williams is 2-2 with a 4.01 ERA in six career appearances, four of them starts. In his only start against Chicago this season, Williams gave up one run and four hits in six innings and picked up the win in a 6-1 Pittsburgh victory on April 12.

Hamels will be making his fourth start since coming over to the Cubs from Texas. He won his first two, and Sunday, in his home debut with Chicago, he struck out nine in seven innings, gave up one run and retired the final 18 batters he faced in what became a walk-off 4-3 win against Washington.

"Pretty much had it all going on," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Hamels.

Hamels said he is feeding off his new situation.

"Anytime you get placed into a pennant race, you start to discover a little bit more that's in the tank," he said.

In his Cubs debut, Hamels struck out nine and gave up one unearned run in five innings in a 9-2 win over Pittsburgh on Aug. 1. In his career, he is 4-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 11 starts against the Pirates.

Last Updated: 4/19/2019 6:09:00 AM EST

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