Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62)
Sunday Night Baseball Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates
Probable starters: Jose Quintana (10-7, 4.11 ERA) vs. Mitch Keller (1-1, 7.94 ERA)
- Cubs odds: -152
- Pirates odds: +141
- Over/Under: 10
- First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET on ESPN
On Sunday night, the Cubs (65-58) and Pirates (51-71) will take part in the third annual MLB Little League Classic, located at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
In the 2018 edition, the Mets defeated the Phillies 8-2, and in the inaugural 2017 game, the Pirates beat the Cardinals 6-3. The Orioles and Red Sox will continue the series in 2020.
The Cubs lead the season series over the Pirates seven to five, outscoring their divisional rival by 12 runs (62-50). The teams have split the first two games of the current series, which began in Pittsburgh.
Chicago is 18-15 in the second half of the season with a +9 run differential and wins over sub .500 opponents like the Pirates are crucial as they are in a dead heat with the Cardinals for the NL Central crown.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are in free-fall, losing 26 of 33 games since the All-Star Break with a minus-57 run differential.
Reportedly, the Pirates are a mess behind the scenes too, with constant trouble in the clubhouse and infighting between teammates.
Can they pull it together on a national stage and win the game, and this series over the Cubs in primetime?