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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick & Prediction APR 11TH 2021

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951Chicago Cubs
952Pittsburgh Pirates

OP
-156
8.5
CU
-1.5 +120
8.5o -115
ML
-135
125
Partials
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0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 0
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7
Recap

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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Recap APR 11TH 2021

The Pittsburgh Pirates, in their final home game, hit a season-high four homers and Chad Kuhl pitched seven scoreless innings Thursday in a 7-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Josh Bell hit a two-run homer, and Adam Frazier, Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds each hit a solo shot for Pittsburgh (18-39), which won the final three games of the four-game series against the Cubs (32-25).

Frazier also had an RBI single.

Kuhl (2-3) gave up two hits, with five strikeouts and three walks. He was perfect through three innings before giving up two walks in the fourth. His no-hit bid ended with Anthony Rizzo's one-out double in the sixth.

Geoff Hartlieb pitched the eighth and Blake Cederlind the ninth to preserve the shutout.

Chicago starter Alec Mills (5-5), two games removed from pitching a no-hitter, lasted 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and eight hits, with two strikeouts and one walk.

Moran got the homer parade going in the first with a two-out solo shot to center, his ninth.

In the second, Reynolds took his turn. He hit his sixth, a one-out homer to center to make it 2-0.

Leading off the third, Frazier homered to right, his seventh -- and second in as many days -- to make it 3-0.

In the fourth, Reynolds opened with a single and went to second on Jared Oliva's infield base hit. J.T. Riddle singled, but Oliva was out when the ball hit him in the basepath. John Ryan Murphy's grounder moved the runners to second and third and chased Mills.

Against Kyle Ryan, Frazier singled to left to bring Reynolds home and increase the lead to 4-0.

After Kuhl struck out the side in order in the fifth, Pittsburgh added two more in the bottom of that inning to go up 6-0. Moran singled with one out and scored on Bell's eighth homer, a liner to left.

In the seventh, Ke'Bryan Hayes singled with one out and went to third on Moran's double. Bell received an intentional walk before Hayes scored on Gregory Polanco's sacrifice fly for a 7-0 Pirates lead.

--Field Level Media

JT Brubaker pitched into the sixth inning Sunday and helped his cause with three RBIs as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the visiting Chicago Cubs 7-1 to claim the rubber match of their three-game series.

Brubaker (1-0) allowed one run on four hits with no walks in 5 1/3 innings and delivered a two-run single to put the Pirates ahead in the second inning. Wilmer Difo added a pinch-hit, two-run homer for Pittsburgh, which has won two back-to-back games following a six-game losing streak.

Former Pirate Trevor Williams (1-1) started for Chicago and was charged with five runs on 10 hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings. Javy Baez belted a solo homer for the Cubs, who have lost four of their last five.

After Baez gave the Cubs an early lead in the second inning with his team-leading third homer of the season, Pittsburgh answered with three runs in the bottom half.

Gregory Polanco and Jacob Stallings opened the frame with back-to-back singles before Dustin Fowler doubled in a run to even the score. Brubaker followed with the first two RBIs of his career on a single down the right-field line.

The Pirates extended their lead to 4-1 in the third inning after loading the bases with one out when Kevin Newman scored on Brubaker's fielder's choice groundout to second.

Bryan Reynolds had four hits for Pittsburgh, which added another run in the fourth when Philip Evans slashed a leadoff single and scored on Colin Moran's single to left field. Evans had two hits and is batting .393 (11-for-28) over his last seven games.

All that damage came off Williams, who was making his first start at PNC Park as a visitor after going 31-37 in 94 career starts with the Pirates.

The Cubs were held to three hits after Baez's home run in the second and were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Chicago had two runners on with one out in the third, but Brubaker induced a double play from Anthony Rizzo to end the threat.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @Milwaukee L 0 - 7
  • @Milwaukee W 3 - 2
  • @Milwaukee L 3 - 6
  • @Pittsburgh L 1 - 7
  • @Pittsburgh L 2 - 8
  • @Pittsburgh W 4 - 2
  • Milwaukee L 4 - 2
  • Milwaukee L 4 - 0
  • Milwaukee W 3 - 5
  • Pittsburgh W 3 - 4
W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • San Diego W 1 - 5
  • San Diego W 4 - 8
  • San Diego L 6 - 2
  • Chi. Cubs W 1 - 7
  • Chi. Cubs W 2 - 8
  • Chi. Cubs L 4 - 2
  • @Cincinnati L 4 - 11
  • @Cincinnati L 1 - 14
  • @Cincinnati L 3 - 5
  • @Chi. Cubs L 3 - 4

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Last Meetings

  • Cubs @ Pirates 1-7
  • Cubs @ Pirates 2-8
  • Cubs @ Pirates 4-2
  • Pirates @ Cubs 3-4
  • Pirates @ Cubs 1-5
  • Pirates @ Cubs 5-3
  • Cubs @ Pirates 0-7
  • Cubs @ Pirates 1-2
  • Cubs @ Pirates 2-3
  • Cubs @ Pirates 5-0

American League

American League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Kansas City Royals64 .6000.04.94.7 4-22-26-0-4
Cleveland Indians64 .6000.04.22.6 4-12-36-0-4
Minnesota Twins56 .4551.55.43.7 1-44-25-0-5
Detroit Tigers56 .4551.53.95.3 3-32-34-0-6
Chicago White Sox56 .4551.55.04.1 2-23-45-0-5
American League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Boston Red Sox83 .7270.05.94.3 3-35-08-0-2
Toronto Blue Jays66 .5002.54.53.7 3-33-35-0-5
Tampa Bay Rays56 .4553.04.15.7 3-22-44-0-6
Baltimore Orioles56 .4553.04.55.4 1-44-24-0-6
New York Yankees57 .4173.54.03.8 3-32-44-0-6
American League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Los Angeles Angels75 .5830.05.15.4 4-23-36-0-4
Houston Astros65 .5450.55.54.3 1-45-15-0-5
Seattle Mariners65 .5450.54.65.6 3-33-25-0-5
Oakland Athletics57 .4172.04.06.2 1-64-15-0-5
Texas Rangers47 .3642.54.05.0 2-42-34-0-6

National League

National League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Milwaukee Brewers75 .5830.04.43.3 3-34-26-0-4
Cincinnati Reds75 .5830.06.34.7 5-12-46-0-4
St. Louis Cardinals66 .5001.05.05.3 2-44-25-0-5
Chicago Cubs57 .4172.02.74.3 3-32-44-0-6
Pittsburgh Pirates47 .3642.54.05.4 3-21-53-0-7
National League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Philadelphia Phillies65 .5450.03.73.9 5-11-45-0-5
New York Mets43 .5710.03.43.6 3-11-24-0-3
Miami Marlins46 .4001.54.34.3 1-53-14-0-5
Atlanta Braves47 .3642.04.34.7 2-32-44-0-6
Washington Nationals36 .3332.03.44.8 1-22-43-0-6
National League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Los Angeles Dodgers92 .8180.05.83.1 4-05-29-0-1
San Francisco Giants84 .6671.53.42.9 5-13-37-0-3
San Diego Padres84 .6671.54.12.8 4-34-16-0-4
Arizona Diamondbacks48 .3335.54.65.7 2-32-54-0-6
Colorado Rockies38 .2736.04.45.2 3-40-42-0-8

Last Injuries

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Ke'Bryan Hayes

    Wrist
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Hayes has wound up on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist injury, and he is projected to come off the IL in the early part of May.

  • Cody Ponce

    Forearm
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Ponce has wound up on the 10-day injured list with a forearm injury, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Bryan Reynolds

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Reynolds will be absent from the starting lineup as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Kyle Crick

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Crick has been activated from the COVID-19 injured list after coming in contact with the virus, and it is likely that he will dress for Sunday's clash with the Red Sox.

Chicago Cubs

  • Brandon Workman

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Workman has popped up on the COVID-19 injured list, and it is uncertain how long he will be out of the lineup.

  • Jonathan Holder

    Chest
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Holder has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain, and he is not expected to return not until the latter part of April.

  • Dan Winkler

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Winkler has been posted to the COVID-19 injured list, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Kyle Hendricks

    Illness
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Hendricks was scratched from the previous game due to an illness, and it remains to be seen if he will make his next scheduled start against the Mets on Tuesday.

  • Rowan Wick

    Ribs
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Wick has been added to the 10-day injured list due to an oblique strain, and he will not be available until the latter part of April.

  • Austin Romine

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Romine has been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to a right knee sprain, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Jason Adam

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Adam is on the COVID-19 injured list, and it is unclear how long he will be idle.