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Pirates vs. Cubs - 9/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (83-61) at Pittsburgh Pirates (87-57)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm (PNC Park)

K Hendricks (7-6) (4.08) vs. C Morton (9-7) (4.02)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -132 / Chicago Cubs +122 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN/RTPT

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates end their four-game series Thursday afternoon.

The Chicago Cubs look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Cubs have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cubs have won five of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 145 hits and 90 RBI while Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant have combined for 136 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have split their last eight road games. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he’s 7-6 with a 4.08 ERA and 137 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Cubs - 9/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Pirates have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with 153 hits and 93 RBI while Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco have combined for 113 RBI. The Pirates have split their last eight home games. The Pittsburgh Pirates Charlie Morton takes the hill, and he’s 9-7 with a 4.02 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. Morton is 3-5 with a 4.71 ERA and 64 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series and 7-2 in Hendricks' last 9 starts. The Pirates are 7-0 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series and 9-2 in Mortons last 11 home starts. The Pirates are 4-1 in Mortons last 5 starts vs. Cubs. 

I like the Pirates on such a major turnaround, as Wednesday's game went 12 innings and the teams have to play about 12 hours later. Pittsburgh has a huge advantage playing at home. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -132

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