Cubs vs. Pirates - 4/27/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (11-8) at Chicago Cubs (10-7)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
V Worley (2-1) (4.00) vs. T Wood (1-1) (3.24)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -126 / Pittsburgh Pirates +116 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, CSN-Chicago
The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Monday at Wrigley Field for game one of their MLB series of NL Central teams.
The Chicago Cubs have high expectation for this season and so far they have been competitive sitting in second place in the National League Central. The Cubs are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 4-4 at home, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Cubs are hitting .245 with Starlin Castro hitting 329, Anthony Rizzo hitting .328, and Jorge Soler hitting .257. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.88 with the starters at 4.40 and the bullpen at 3.00. For game one against the Pirates the Cubs start Jason Hammel who has allowed 21 hits and 10 runs while striking out 16 over 17.1 innings for a 1-1 record and a 5.19 ERA.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a virtual tie with the Cubs for second place in the NL Central but they trail by percentage points. The Pirates are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 5-4 on the road, and they have won their last five games. As a team the Pirates are hitting .223 with Neil Walker hitting .300, Gregory Polanco hitting .288, and Starling Marte hitting .242. For game one in Chicago the Pirates start Vance Worley who has allowed 19hits and eight runs while striking out 15 over 18 innings for a 2-1 record and a 4.00 ERA.
Chicago is 9-4 as a home favorite, 13-6 against the NL Central, and 7-1 in Hammels’ last eight starts against a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 4-1 in game one of a series, 5-12 as a road underdog, and 7-1 in Worley’s last eight starts. Pittsburgh is 5-0 in their last eight games in Chicago.
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