Cubs vs. Pirates MLB Pick – August 18th

It was terrifying at the inning for the Chicago Cubs yesterday day, however, the bullpen ultimately got the work completed to secure a 2-0 success. The Cubs managed to blow what seemed like a lead in the 9th the night before. However, there was a fatent going to happen to the Cubs. Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick combined to pitch three innings, allowing no hits and no runs. The real mistake was Tyler Chatwood devoting a walk.
Chatwood has grown that the Cubs have within their bullpen. Joe Maddon hasnt been using him enough, often turning into his relievers instead of Chatwood, who has been employed as a rookie in his career. One of the issues with not turning into Chatwood is the amount of work he gets out of the bullpen.
Hes normally eclipsing 3 innings on the bump, so that takes him from the equation to the moment, If items are rolling. Maddon is being careful to maintain his arm down the stretch to the most significant time of the regular season. However, after blowing off what should happen to be a sure triumph on Friday night, the Cubs had to visit Chatwood to find some of their mojo back in the clubhouse.
Jon Lester should find some recognition in this area. Lester went through conflicts, but appears to be back to the path. If they want to be playing in October, the Cubs are going to need him down the stretch. Lester was sharp in 6 innings, having allowed just 4 hits and no runs. Although the Pirates will go with Mitch Keller on Sunday Night Baseball, tonight wills turn. Head below to our free Cubs vs. Pirates select.
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Mitch Keller will soon be making just his fifth important league start this evening and it comes from primetime on Sunday Night Baseball. The newcomer has become upward some experience with the Pirates in the big leagues. It has been a choppy beginning to his profession, using a couple that went pretty well plus a couple of outings that are horrible. His very best effort came into his latest outing, as he had been eloquent with just 1 earned run enabled at Anaheim in 5 innings against the Angels.
In his positive excursion, Keller surrendered 4 hits and two earned runs into the Tigers. The Tigers have one of the worst crimes in baseball, and that could have been a consequence of playing a team that is bad. Keller was abysmal from the Braves and Reds in his other two outings, letting 12 earned runs.
He managed to bring his numbers down however, the harm was done. Keller heads into Sunday night by an ERA of 7.94 along with 2.00 WHIP. Hed find a rush of assurance if tonight proves to be a victory night at the office. I am not sure that he gets out of this one using a leading stat line. The Cubs holding down them like that is going to be tough to the Pirates and slept yesterday afternoon.
The Pirates have a date. Hes been throwing well. Phillies and the Athletics scored just 2 runs Quintana throughout 13 innings of play in total. Quintana goes into this one with the astonishing 1.89 ERA and also 0.79 WHIP in his past three outings.
Since he has allowed over 3 runs in less runs in seven and a start, it has also been five trips. The Pirates are hitting just .202 with 3 home runs hit from Quintana in 124 showings in the plate. The Cubs have had their own struggles but look for them to wrap up this road trip.

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