MLB Lock of the Week: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Major League Baseball has gotten off to a great start with most teams playing at least 9 games, and some playing as many as 11 to start the season. This week sees a great slate of games that hopefully will not be affected by the weather across the United States.

After taking a long, calulated look at this week's schedule, there's one game that just screams 'bet me!'. Let's take a look at my MLB Lock of the Week.

Chicago Cubs over Pittsburgh Pirates - Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Pirates have started off as the best team in the NL Central. The Pirates have won 7 of their first 9 games and lead the division by two games over the Cubs. The Pirates are unbeaten on the road thus far. Pittsburgh starts a series Monday in Chicago against the Cubs.

The Cubs are winners of back-to-back games after falling Friday to the Brewers. Chicago is 5-4, with their first 9 games coming on the road. The Cubs have scored 39 runs and allowed just 26 through the first 9 games of the season.

When these two teams get together on Wednesday, Steven Brault starts for the Pirates. Brault has won two games already this season but has not been overly dominant. The Pirates starting pitcher has a 2-0 record with a 1.13 earned run average on the season. The Pirates starter has a 1.25 WHIP in 8 innings pitched.

Jon Lester will get the nod for the Cubs. After a terrible opening day start, the lefthander bounced back with a win in his second start. Lester is 1-0 on the season with a 2.89 ERA and 8 strikeouts over 9 innings.

The Cubs are back home. Despite being cold, look for the bats to catch fire a little bit. Anthony Rizzo has been fighting injuries, Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber are having a tough time hitting the ball. That's nothing a little friendly confines in Chicago cannot solve.

The Cubs absolutely blitz the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. The Cubs are going to be the favorites in this game, but this is a lock. Jon Lester shines and the Cubs offense chases Brault early on Wednesday. Take the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday as our Major League Baseball Lock of the Week!

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