Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick 9/24/13
Pittsburgh Pirates (90-67) at Chicago Cubs (65-92)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Gerrit Cole (R) (9-7) (3.234) vs. Chris Rusin (L) (2-5) (3.516)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +151 / Pittsburgh Pirates -161 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, CSN-Chicago
The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Tuesday at Wrigley Field for game two of their series.
The Chicago Cubs fought back hard on Monday to tie their game with the Pirates up but they were unable to convert it into a win as they lost to the Pirates. Brian Bogusevic had two hits and Ryan Sweeney and Dioner Navarro had hits as the Cubs scored one run on six hits. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzjia allowed five hits and a run while striking out seven over 6.0 innings but it was Kevin Gregg who took the loss. For Tuesday’s game the Cubs start Chris Rusin who is 2-5 with a 3.52 ERA for the season and 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA in his last two starts.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates got the win on Monday and with it kept pace with the other teams in the NL Central who all also won one runs games. Starling Marte and Neil Walker hit home runs and Andrew McCutchen had a hit as the Pirates scored two runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Charlie Morton allowed three hits and struck out five over 7.0 innings but Mark Melancon blew the save and got the win and Jason Grilli earned the save. For Tuesday’s game the Pirates start Gerrit Cole who is 9-7 with a 3.23 ERA for the season and 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his last three starts.
Chicago is 17-37 in their last 54 games, 2-8 in their last 10 games as an underdog, and 2-5 in Rusin’s last seven starts. Pittsburgh is 5-1 against a left-handed starter, 3-5 in their last eight games, and 4-0 in Cole’s last four starts. Pittsburgh is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings of these two.
I am looking for a low scoring game and my free pick is on the under. My stronger lay is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area.