MLB | Chi. Cubs 2 @ Pittsburgh 6 | 04/13 | 4:35 PM UTC
ANALYSIS: The Pirates lost their home opener yesterday, but I think they should be able to at least pull out one win this series. Kyle Hendricks looked very good on Opening Day, but he is a feel pitcher, so he can be completely on one day then completely off the next. He actually faced the Pirates 5 times last season and he didn’t pitch particularly well in any of them. Zach Thompson came over from the Marlins in the Jacob Stallings trade and he actually faced the Cubs twice last season. He didn’t allow a hit in 4 IP when he faced the Cubs early in the season before they traded all their players, then he also allowed just 1 ER in 6 IP against the thinner Cubs later in the season. The Cubs used all their top bullpen arms in the win yesterday and they seriously struggled on the road last season at 32-49. I like the value in the home dog.