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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/14

Pittsburgh Pirates (71-68) at Chicago Cubs (64-76)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Vance Worley (R) (6-4) (2.870) vs. Felix Doubront (L) (3-4) (4.709)

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

TV: ROOT-PIT, WGN

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost four straight games and are three games above a .500 record. The Pirates lack of offense has hurt them during this stretch, as they’ve produced three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Pirates have lost eight of their last 12 games when scoring three or less runs. Andrew McCutchen has hit in six of his last 10 games and Josh Harrison has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.67, which is 16th in the majors. Vance Worley takes the hill, and he’s 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in 86.2 innings. Worley is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/14

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The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last seven games and are 12 games below .500. The Cubs pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in nine of their last 13 games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.73, which is 17th in the majors, and they’ve won 12 straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro has a nine-game hitting streak and Welington Castillo has five RBIs in his last three games. Starting is Tsuyoshi Wada, who is 4-2 with a 2.79 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. This is Wada’s first career game against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 4-1 in Worleys last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 5-1 in Worleys last 6 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Cubs are 7-1 in their last 8 games following an off day and 4-1 in Wadas last 5 home starts. The Pirates are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The question is how long will the Cubs continue playing well? I hope for at least one more game. I like the Cubs with Wada on the mound, who has been a bright spot for them since taking the hill. 

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