Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/13/14
Chicago Cubs (64-83) at Pittsburgh Pirates (78-69)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Felix Doubront (L) (3-5) (4.620) vs. Jeff Locke (L) (7-4) (3.600)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -184 / Chicago Cubs +174 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, ROOT-PIT
The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates will play game two on Saturday night.
The Chicago Cubs have lost seven straight and are 19 games below a .500 record. The Cubs pitching staff has been brutal during this stretch, allowing five or more runs in seven straight games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.90, which is 21st in the majors, and they’ve lost 18 straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Luis Valbuena has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and Welington Castillo has hit in eight of his last nine games. Felix Doubront takes the hill, and he’s 3-5 with a 5.43 ERA and has 48 strikeouts in 71.1 innings. This will be Doubront’s second career game against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last eight games and are nine games above a .500 record. The Pirates are crushing the ball lately, producing four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Pirates have won seven straight when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen has hit in seven of his last eight games and Russell Martin has a five-game hitting streak. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.58, which is 14th in the majors. Starting is Jeff Locke, who is 7-4 with a 3.60 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in 115 innings. Locke is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 5-14 in their last 19 during game 2 of a series and 0-6 in their last 6 games as an underdog. The Pirates are 7-0 in Lockes last 7 home starts and 5-2 in Lockes last 7 starts overall.
Hard to pick against the Cubs with the way they've been playing this week, especially with Locke on the mound who has been money for the last couple of months. However, I suggest the runline in this matchup to increase the value for your buck.