Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/21/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (35-37) at Chicago Cubs (30-40)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 7:15 pm (Wrigley Field)
Vance Worley (R) (0-0) (0.000) vs. Travis Wood (L) (7-5) (4.482)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -115 / Pittsburgh Pirates +105 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs play Saturday night at Wrigley Field for game two of three.
The Pirates have lost four of their last five games, but are still a decent 10-8 in the month of June. The Pirates offense has been a lot more consistent as of late, but their pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in five of their last seven games. Overall, the Pirates have an ERA of 3.88. Offensively, Andrew McCutchen has 14 hits in his last 10 games and Starling Marte has six RBI in his last nine games. Vance Worley gets the nod, and he’s 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and has five strikeouts in seven innings. Worley is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two career starts against the Cubs.
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The Cubs have won five of their last seven games and are back within nine games of a .500 record. While it hasn’t been the case all season, the Cubs have scored four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Cubs are 24-9 this season when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo has scored nine runs in his last 10 games and Starlin Castro has five RBI in his last two games. The Cubs have an ERA of 3.54. Travis Wood takes the mound, and he’s 7-5 with a 4.48 ERA and has 69 strikeouts in 84.1 innings. Wood is 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA in 12 career games against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 7-2 in their last 9 road games vs. a left-handed starter and 5-2 in their last 7 road games. The Cubs are 6-1 in Wood's last 7 starts and 4-1 in Wood's last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Cubs are 0-4 in Wood's last 4 home starts vs. Pirates.
You have to like the way the Cubs are playing lately, and Worley has only one start under his belt this season. I like the Cubs at home for the cheap price.