Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is aiming for his 19th win of the season on Wednesday when the Pittsburgh Pirates host them for Game 3 of a four-game series. The Pirates have an agenda of their own; they’re trying to stay in the wild-card hunt in the National League. The two clash on Wednesday at 7:05 PM ET in Pittsburgh.
Arrieta (18-7, 2.85) is coming off a fantastic outing in a 5-0 shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals. The reigning Cy Young winner tossed a five-hitter over seven innings, striking out 10 with a single walk. He heads into this game with a solid record against the Pirates this season – 3-1 in five starts with a 3.78 ERA. On the road this season, Arrieta is 11-2 in 14 starts with a 3.11 ERA.
Jameson Taillon (4-4, 3.49) took a no-decision in a 6-5 win at home over Washington, giving up three runs on six hits over five innings, striking out seven with no walks. However, the 24-year-old struggled against the Cubs in his lone start against them, lasting just four innings while giving up four runs on eight hits in a 10-5 loss in Chicago on June 19. At home, Taillon is 1-2 in 10 starts this season, posting an ERA of 3.00.
MLB Odds: Cubs, Pirates Clash on Wednesday
Wednesday takes the spotlight to the National League Central, where the Chicago Cubs have locked up the title. They can, however, play spoiler against the rival Pittsburgh Pirates, who are still in the hunt for the wild-card. The game starts at 7:05 PM ET.
The Cubs go with Jake Arrieta, who is going for his 19th win of the season and already has three against the Pirates in five starts this season. The Pirates counter with Jameson Taillon, who has faced the Cubs once this season in a 10-5 loss.