Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/8/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (4-2) at Chicago Cubs (2-4)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Charlie Morton (R) (0-0) (0.000) vs. Edwin Jackson (R) (0-0) (1.689)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +113 / Pittsburgh Pirates -123 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, CSN-Chicago
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit Wrigley Field to battle NL Central foe the Chicago Cubs for the second time.
Although it's still early to make any predictions the Pirates do appear to be dependent on their pitching more then their hitting thus far. Of course, facing Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals means your pitching better be at the top of their game because runs will probably be difficult to come by and the St Louis offense is as dangerous as any. The Pirates received just enough offense and plenty of pitching to squeeze by the Redbirds thanks to a gem from Edinson Volquez who gave up the one run on three hits over 5.2 innings with the pen holding the fort. Neil Walker and Tony Sanchez provided the offense with RBI doubles that drove in Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alverez. Charlie Morton takes aim at the Cubs for the second time looking to match his first effort. Morton tossed a four hit shutout versus Chicago but did not rceive a decision in the Buccos 4-3 victory.
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Through six games the Cubs have thrown the ball well but the bats haven't been pounding the ball which explains their 2-4 start. We saw this happen a season ago but both the arms and bats were on the same page in 8-3 victory over Philadelphia Sunday. Carlos Villanueva gave up one run on on six hits covering five innings of work. The offense totaled eight hits and took advantage of Philadelphia wildness to coax seven base on balls. Ryan Kalish paced the attack with a pair of hits and three RBI's and two runs scored. Overall six players drove in runs and six scored. After suffering through an 8-18 campaign a year ago Edwin Jackson got the season off on a good note verus the Pirates. He didn't get the win but pitched well enough to win with two runs plated (one earned) over 5.1 frames.
This is a rematch from the season's first series which was dominated by pitching. I think the Pirates are more balanced and at a decent price I will back them...