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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/10/14

Chicago Cubs (25-35) at Pittsburgh Pirates (29-33)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Travis Wood (L) (5-5) (5.038) vs. Francisco Liriano (L) (1-6) (4.543)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -160 / Chicago Cubs +150 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago, ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates hope to continue their march to .500 when they face the Chicago Cubs Tuesday.

The Cubs had won five in a row but have now dropped back to back contests with the goal now being not to go in to a slide of any length. Chicago isn't going to be a factor in the National League Central race themselves but could determine the division winner based on how they fare versus the elite in the Central. It wasn't a good Monday in a 6-2 defeat at PNC Park where both the arms and bats struggled. Edwin Jackson took the loss with four runs plated in six frames with Carlos Villanueva giving up two more. Starlin Castro smacked his 8th bomb and drove in both runs but the bats were quiet otherwise. The Cubs send Travis Wood to the hill against Pittsburgh in game two of their series on Tuesday. Wood has been up and down in 2014 with a 5-5 record and a 5.04 ERA over 12 outings.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/10/14


The Pirates prize right now is reaching .500 and then the target will be whoever is tops in the National League Central. The offense seems to have come around with wins in seven of ten after Monday's win over visiting Chicago. Charlie Morton was the benefactor of the scoring but his work on the mound was just as impressive. Morton allowed a single run over seven innings while stiking out seven to pick up the win. Ike Davis and Andrew McCutchen went deep with McCutchen driving in three while Starling Marte knocked in two more. Left hander Francisco Liriano is scheduled to take the ball versus the Cubs for the second time in 2014. Liriano has generally struggled on the year with a 1-6 mark and 4.54 ERA in 13 starts.

The pitching match up leaves a lot to be desired and if I go with the better team I'm risking all that juice with a guy who honestly hasn't been good. Having said that I'll back the Buccos but won't touch Liriano...

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