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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs - 9/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (101-57) at Pittsburgh Pirates (78-80)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Rob Zastryzny (1-0) (1.46) vs. I Nova (12-8) (4.19)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -101 / Chicago Cubs -109 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet for the final time this year on Thursday.

I thought the Chicago Cubs would let up a bit once they secured the National League Central but they are playing like a desperate team. The red hot Cubs had won seven of eight but cooled off for the night in an 8-4 defeat at PNC Park Cubbies starter Jake Arrieta was charged with seven runs on ten hits over five frames to get the loss. The Chicago bats were held to four hits and walked four times with Anthony Rizzo going solo while Tommy La Stella knocked in two. The Cubs send rookie reliever Rob Zastryzny to the mound for his first career start. In seven relief appearances Zastryzny has gone 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA over 12.1 innings.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs - 9/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates lone goal is to finish the year with a winning record but that means winning just about every game left. The Pirates had dropped four in a row before showing some life on Wednesday night with both the a0rms and bats coming up big. Buccos starter Jameson Taillon allowed a lone run through six innings with Jared Hughes giving up two. Chicago banged out 12 hits with John Jaaso going 4-4 with a homer and five RBI’s and two runs while Sean Rodriguez scored three times.Ivan Nova is scheduled to get the ball for his first career meeting versus the Cubs on Thursday. Nova has struggled the past two times out with nine earned runs allowed in seven frames.

The Cubs are 42-16 in their last 58 overall and are 42-16 in their last 58 games on grass while going  21-8 in their last 29 Thursday games. The under is 8-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 9 Thursday games and the Pirates  are 7-19 in their last 26 home games while Pittsburgh  are 7-3 in Nova’s last 10 starts. The over is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings and the Cubs are 20-7 in the last 27 meetings. I honestly don’t know what to expect from a rookie reliever and would look elsewhere…

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