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    Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball


    Lester Faces Taillon on Tuesday as Pirates and Cubs Clash

    The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday in what should be the most interesting pitching matchup of the night. Jon Lester will be on the mound for the Cubs, while the Pirates will counter with Jameson Taillon.

    The Pirates have climbed to the fringes of the National League playoff race. They have a chance to put another dent in the deficit. The Pirates are winners of 15 of their last 19. The Pirates host the first-place Chicago Cubs for two critical games starting Tuesday.

    The Cubs are clinging to a 1 1/2-game lead over second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central entering the week. The Pirates have clawed within seven games of the lead.

    TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

    PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jon Lester (12-3, 3.06 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Jameson Taillon (7-8, 3.73)

    ODDS: Both teams are -105 on the moneyline right now. The total is 7.5.

    Tuesday’s game will be the 10th meeting of the season between these teams. The Cubs have a 5-4 edge in the head-to-head season series so far.


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    Lester has been absolutely dominant for Chicago this season. Heading into Tuesday’s start, he has a 12-3 record and 3.06 ERA. He had a rare off night against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 20. Lester bounced back with a solid Lester-like outing.

    Lester allowed just one earned run on four hits over 6.0 innings of work in a 2-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is 7-1 with a 3.16 ERA in 10 road starts this season.

    A couple Cubs will be excited to face Jameson Taillon for the first time this season. Javier Baez is 6-for-10 with a homer and Anthony Rizzo is 8-for-13 with two homers against the right-hander.

    Anthony Rizzo has homered in three of his past four games since ending a 25-game drought.

    David Bote has multiple hits in three of his past five contests.


    Pirates Need Quality Outings from Starters

    Pittsburgh will hope that Taillon will match Lester’s level of performance on Tuesday. Despite a solid 3.73 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, Taillon is just 7-8 this season.

    The 26-year-old right-hander has been at his best of late. He has given up just four earned runs allowed in 18.1 innings over his last three starts. Taillon is 3-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 10 road starts this season.

    Taillon took a tough-luck loss last time out, but he posted his 11th consecutive start allowing three or fewer earned runs.

    Jordy Mercer is 9-for-25 during an eight-game hitting streak.


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    Recent Form
    Chi Cubs 61-44 $152.00 18-7 43-37 55-32 6-12 48-54-3 0.94
    Pittsburgh 55-52 $267.00 12-16 43-36 33-27 22-25 50-49-8 0.029999999999999


    Pitchers Last 3 Starts

    J Lester (12-3) ERA: 3.06
    Jul 25, 2018 ARI W 2-1 U 6 $96.00
    Jul 20, 2018 STL L 5-18 O 3 -$100.00
    Jul 15, 2018 SD W 7-4 O 5.1 $69.00

    Jameson Taillon (7-8) ERA: 3.73
    Jul 25, 2018 CLE L 0-4 U 7 -$100.00
    Jul 20, 2018 CIN W 12-1 O 5.1 $88.00
    Jul 12, 2018 MIL W 6-3 O 6 $84.00

    Bullpen
    Chi Cubs’s relievers have pitched 10 innings in the last 3 games.
    Pittsburgh’s relievers have pitched 9 innings in the last 3 games.
    Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent
    Chicago Cubs – J Lester
    Jun 9, 2018 2-0 CHC 7 1 0 0 2 5 Win
    May 29, 2018 8-6 CHC 6 8 4 4 0 6 Win
    Apr 11, 2018 13-5 CHC 5 7 4 4 3 3 No Decision
    Sep 7, 2017 8-2 CHC 6 5 1 1 4 5 Win
    Jul 9, 2017 14-3 PIT 0.2 6 10 4 3 0 Loss

    Pittsburgh Pirates – Jameson Taillon
    Sep 7, 2017 8-2 CHC 4.2 11 6 6 1 3 Loss
    Jun 18, 2017 7-1 CHC 5 8 4 4 1 4 Loss
    Apr 16, 2017 6-1 PIT 7 7 1 0 3 6 Win
    Sep 28, 2016 8-4 PIT 6 1 1 1 3 4 Win
    Jun 19, 2016 10-5 CHC 4 8 4 4 1 5 Loss

    Supergrid
    Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 5.02 4 4.49 18
    Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 4.92 5 4.16 12
    Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 4.52 14 4.08 8
    Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 4.42 16 3.68 3
    Head To Head Detail
    Jun 10, 2018 PIT 7 CHC 1 -186 9 U Ivan Nova (R) Kyle Hendricks (R) 9 4 6 2 8 10
    Jun 9, 2018 PIT 0 CHC 2 -167 8 U Nick Kingham (R) Jon Lester (L) 1 6 2 4 8 6
    Jun 8, 2018 PIT 1 CHC 3 -157 8 U Chad Kuhl (R) Mike Montgomery (L) 9 9 2 2 4 11
    May 30, 2018 CHC 1 PIT 2 124 8 U Kyle Hendricks (R) Joe Musgrove (R) 9 9 4 3 7 3
    May 29, 2018 CHC 8 PIT 6 120 8.5 O Jon Lester (L) Nick Kingham (R) 14 13 4 0 7 8
    May 28, 2018 CHC 7 PIT 0 -107 9 U Mike Montgomery (L) Chad Kuhl (R) 12 2 5 0 7 7
    Apr 12, 2018 PIT 6 CHC 1 -180 8.5 U Trevor Williams (R) Kyle Hendricks (R) 9 7 7 1 10 6
    Apr 11, 2018 PIT 5 CHC 13 -158 8.5 O Steven Brault (L) Jon Lester (L) 8 16 3 2 6 5
    Apr 10, 2018 PIT 8 CHC 5 -147 9 O Ivan Nova (R) Tyler Chatwood (R) 12 10 2 2 9 8
    Sep 7, 2017 CHC 8 PIT 2 123 7.5 O Jon Lester (L) Jameson Taillon (R) 13 8 3 6 8 9
    MLB Betting Odds and Trends
    Team Vs Division Or Conference

    Chicago Cubs
    Overall 61-44 33-19 28-25 55-31 9-13 48-54-3 18-7 43-37
    Last 10 5-5 4-3 1-2 4-3 2-2 4-6 1-1 4-4
    vs Div 25-23 13-7 12-16 25-17 1-6 20-25-3 3-0 22-23
    vs AL 8-4 7-3 1-1 7-2 1-2 7-5 2-0 6-4
    vs NL 53-40 26-16 27-24 48-29 8-11 41-49-3 16-7 37-33

    Pittsburgh Pirates
    Overall 55-52 31-26 24-26 33-23 25-28 50-49-8 12-16 43-36
    Last 10 7-3 2-2 5-1 2-2 5-1 4-5-1 1-1 6-2
    vs Div 26-16 16-7 10-9 11-7 16-8 16-23-3 2-5 24-11
    vs AL 12-3 5-2 7-1 10-2 3-1 9-6 3-0 9-3
    vs NL 43-49 26-24 17-25 23-21 22-27 41-43-8 9-16 34-33

    Team Last 5 Games

    Chicago Cubs
    Jul 29, 2018 STL 5-2 W -120 8.5 K Hendricks 7 John Gant A
    Jul 28, 2018 STL 2-6 L 116 8.5 J Quintana 3 M Mikolas A
    Jul 27, 2018 STL 2-5 L 117 9 Mike Montgomery 5 Luke Weaver A
    Jul 26, 2018 ARI 7-6 W 102 9.5 T Chatwood 4.2 Zack Godley H
    Jul 25, 2018 ARI 2-1 W -104 8.5 J Lester 6 Robbie Ray H

    Pittsburgh Pirates
    Jul 29, 2018 NYM 0-1 L -146 8 Joe Musgrove 7 Z Wheeler H
    Jul 28, 2018 NYM 5-0 W 119 7.5 Trevor Williams 6 J deGrom H
    Jul 27, 2018 NYM 5-4 W -133 9 I Nova 5 J Vargas H
    Jul 26, 2018 NYM 6-12 L -139 8.5 Nick Kingham 3 Steven Matz H
    Jul 25, 2018 CLE 0-4 L 201 8 Jameson Taillon 7 T Bauer A


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