Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/9/14
Chicago Cubs (25-35) at Pittsburgh Pirates (29-33)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Edwin Jackson (R) (4-5) (4.587) vs. Charlie Morton (R) (2-7) (3.314)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -155 / Chicago Cubs +145 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs face off on Monday at PNC Park in game one of their series between the bottom two teams in the National League Central.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made the post season last year but they have some work to do if they are going to make it back this season. The Pirates are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 17-15 at home this season, and they have lost their last two games. As a team the Pirates are hitting .253 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .305, Neil Walker hitting .280, and Russell Martin hitting .260. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.85 with the starters at 4.40 and the bullpen at 2.89. For game one against the Cubs the Pirates start Charlie Morton who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Morton has allowed 65 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 54 over 73.1 innings for a 2-7 record and a 3.31 ERA>
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The Chicago Cubs are improving but they have a plenty of work to do to be contenders. The Cubs are 10-21 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they are 11 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Cubs are hitting .233 with Anthony Rizzo hitting .276, Emilio Bonifacio hitting .274, and Starlin Castro hitting .269. As a team the Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.60 with the starters at 3.84 and the bullpen at 3.14. For game one at Pittsburgh Chicago starts Edwin Jackson who is coming off of a win in his last start. For the season Jackson has allowed 71 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 65 over 68.2 innings for a 4-5 record and a 4.59 ERA.
Pittsburgh is 5-0 in game one of a series, 2-6 against the NL Central, and 3-7 in Morton’s last 10 starts. Chicago is 5-1 in their last six games, 16-36 in their last 52 road games, and 1-7 in Jackson’s last eight road starts. Chicago is 3-8 in their last 11 meetings against Pittsburgh.
I am expecting runs to be tough to come by and I like the under with my free pick. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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