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MLB : ATS Matchup
Saturday 8/18/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -160

-1.5  +140



CHICAGO CUBS (71 - 50) at PITTSBURGH (61 - 62)
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Saturday, 8/18/2018 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
955CHICAGO CUBS-115Ov 8.5,+105+110Ov 8.5,-110
956PITTSBURGH+105Un 8.5,-125-120Un 8.5,-110
CHICAGO CUBS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games71-50+2.154-644.80.2630.3350.4100.7454.10.2390.3210.3730.693
Road Games33-27+0.626-324.70.2580.3290.4030.7323.50.2280.3090.3530.661
vs Right-handed Starters53-41-2.942-494.60.2620.3360.4090.7444.10.2370.3190.3730.692
Past 7 Games5-2+2.62-53.00.2200.2800.3260.6063.60.2510.3020.3420.644
Grass Games71-50+2.154-644.80.2630.3350.4100.7454.10.2390.3210.3730.693
Night Games34-28-2.826-354.60.2540.3220.3920.7143.60.2380.3160.3580.674
CHICAGO CUBS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.80.2630.33512141961104204261200.410560454100546940987511557
Road Games4.70.2580.32960219756711310620.4032682315392149352396929
Righty Starters4.60.2620.33694325285214519980.4094203607653375576589344
CHICAGO CUBS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.281.286444.71751623643920843727-13371275.5%
Road Games2.681.2252227066168161042259-916576.2%

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games61-62-1.658-574.50.2540.3140.4060.7214.50.2560.3190.3990.718
Home Games33-31-2.829-314.20.2570.3230.3940.7174.20.2540.3190.3990.717
vs Right-handed Starters46-40+6.236-434.60.2570.3160.4110.7274.10.2440.3050.3790.684
Past 7 Games1-6-5.12-53.30.2520.3000.3500.6504.30.2620.3170.3780.695
Grass Games61-62-1.658-574.50.2540.3140.4060.7214.50.2560.3190.3990.718
Night Games37-38-140-294.70.2650.3280.4130.7415.00.2680.3320.4210.753
PITTSBURGH - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.50.2540.31412341541056194331240.406530365942498151078110049
Home Games4.20.2570.32364210554110018510.3942602054653044954425532
Righty Starters4.60.2570.31686292575113227880.4113792536604058466506734
PITTSBURGH - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.191.419412.32091924013918444018-16291467.4%
Home Games3.591.413230.7102922202210623211-617770.8%
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
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
8/17/2018HAMELS(L)@ PITTSBURGHWILLIAMS(R)1-0W-1358 unU680743
8/24/2018 CINCINNATI  
8/25/2018 CINCINNATI  

 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
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
8/17/2018WILLIAMS(R)CHICAGO CUBSHAMELS(L)0-1L+1258 unU743680
8/24/2018 @ MILWAUKEE  
8/25/2018 @ 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' Chatwood waits his turn, gets start against Pirates

Tyler Chatwood took the high road when he was demoted from the Chicago Cubs' rotation in late July. The right-hander figured going to the bullpen would give him a chance to work on his control and be ready should he get a chance to start again.

That chance comes Saturday when Chatwood (4-5, 5.06 ERA) will start against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. That was announced Friday when the Cubs placed Mike Montgomery on the disabled list because of left shoulder inflammation. Left-handed reliever Randy Rosario was promoted from Triple-A Iowa.

Montgomery had been scheduled to start Saturday, but he felt discomfort during a bullpen session Thursday.

"It was weird because I didn't know that Monty was dealing with anything, but, obviously, you're excited any time you get to start," Chatwood said.

"I feel good, and I'm in a good place."

He was the odd man out of the rotation when Chicago acquired Cole Hamels.

"Obviously, you never want that, but I think there's some stuff I need to work out," Chatwood said at the time. "So this will give me an opportunity to do that. Then, hopefully, whenever I start feeling good again, get back into the rotation."

He admitted going to the bullpen made it easier to work on his delivery midseason.

"It's hard to try overhaul your mechanics ... in the middle of a year and get big league hitters out, especially when you're on a first-place team," he said.

As a reliever this month, Chatwood has given up four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in three games, including a scoreless, one-hit inning against Pittsburgh on Aug. 1.

He will be matched against Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove (4-7, 3.49 ERA) Saturday, and he will have a couple of tough acts to follow.

Chicago (71-50) moved to a season-best 21 games above .500 on Friday with its second straight 1-0 win over the Pirates (61-62), who have lost five in a row overall and are below .500 for the first time since July 15.

Hamels on Friday and Jon Lester on Thursday had strong starts against Pittsburgh as the Cubs won on solo homers, by Ian Happ on Thursday and Kyle Schwarber on Friday.

The Pirates not only have been shut out in the first two games of the four-game series, but they also tied a club record Friday by hitting into seven double plays.

"We couldn't find dirt, plays, and they have a good defense," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Ineffective Pirates offense is nothing new to Musgrove, who has received miniscule run support lately. He has given up seven earned runs in 27 innings in four starts since the All-Star break. He has lost three straight decisions with just one run of backing, total.

His last start was a 4-3 loss Sunday in San Francisco, when he gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings but struck out six, threw 70 of 92 pitches for strikes and had just two extra-base hits against him.

"I thought he pitched, obviously, better than the result of giving up four runs," Hurdle said. "He's been efficient. He's been effective."

Against the Cubs, Musgrove is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in two career starts, including a 2-1 win May 30 when he gave up one run in seven innings.

Last Updated: 7/21/2019 4:14:20 PM EST

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