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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/20/14

Pittsburgh Pirates (34-37) at Chicago Cubs (30-40)

MLB Baseball: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Charlie Morton (R) (4-7) (3.092) vs. Edwin Jackson (R) (4-7) (5.105)

The Line: Chicago Cubs +102 / Pittsburgh Pirates -112 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, WGN (America)

The Pittsburgh Pirates travel to Wrigley Field to battle the Chicago Cubs in Friday action.

After losing three straight Pittsburgh wants to reverse their fortunes and get back to .500 and beyond. The Buccos took a step towards that goal in a 4-3, 12 inning victory versus visiting Cincinnati on Thursday. Jeff Locke gave up a pair of runs on three hits over six innings but received a no decision when Jason Grilli served a game tying homer in the 9th. Russell Martin recorded the winning RBI on a bases loaded walk. Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen also rapped run scoring hits to lead a 12 hit attack. Pittsburgh gives the ball to Charlie Morton for Friday's start at Wrigley Field. Morton looks to continue a run that has seen him log three consecutive victories with five runs scored in 19 innings.

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/20/14


The Cubs have been playing well and honestly haven't been all that bad overall in 2014. Chicago has won four of six with both the pitching and hitting making a solid contribution. The Cubbies closed out a ten game road trip with a 6-1 victory at Miami on Wednesday. Jake Arrieta continued his shutdown pitching with the lone run plated on a solo homer over seven framed while striking out eleven. The offense didn't waste the effort with a 13 hit attack that saw Nate Schieholtz connect on a three run homer while Starlin Castro drove in two and scored twice. Edwin Jackson opens the series on the mound with visiting Pittsburgh on Friday. Jackson has struggled the past two times out with a combined ten runs plated on 15 hits in 10.2 innings pitched.

Morton has thrown the ball better and has been more consistent then Jackson and I think he can contain the Chicago offense so I'm looking at the Pirates...

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Pittsburgh -112

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