Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Predcition 4/2/14
Chicago Cubs (0-1) at Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Edwin Jackson (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Charlie Morton (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -161 / Chicago Cubs +151 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs face off on Wednesday at PNC Park for game two of their season opening NL Central MLB series.
The Pittsburgh Pirates needed an extra inning to get even one run in their opener but the one run was good enough as they got the win. Neil Walker hit the game winning walk-off home run, Travis ishakawa had two hits, and Andrew McCutchen had a hit as the Pirates cored one run off of six hits. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano allowed four hits and struck out 10 over 6.0 innings to not factor in the decision as Bryan Morris pitched just one inning getting the win. For game two the Pirates start Charlie Morton who was 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA last season as he allowed 113 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 85 over 116 innings of work.
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The Chicago Cubs created some chances on their season opener at Pittsburgh but they were unable to capitalize on them taking the loss. Emilio Bonifacio had four hits in his Cubs debut and Nate Schierholtz and Junior Lake each had hits. Jeff Samardzjia allowed five hits and struck out three over 7.0 innings to not factor in the decision while it was Carlos Villanueva who allowed the home run to Walker and took the loss. For Wednesday’s game Chicago starts Edwin Jackson who was 8-18 a season ago with a 4.98 ERA as he allowed 197 hits and struck out 135 over 175.1 innings.
Pittsburgh is 5-1 in their last six games as a favorite, 7-3 in their last 10 games, 16-7 following an of day, and 1-4 in Morton’s last five home starts. Chicago is 18-37 following an off day, 14-39 against a right-handed starter, 1-4 following a loss, and 1-4 in Jackson’s last five starts against the NL Central. Chicago is 1-7 in their last eight games in Pittsburgh.
The Pirates are the better team but I really don’t love them enough in this spot so it is a mild lean to the Cubs at the big price.
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