Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/6/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (71-68) at Chicago Cubs (64-76)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Francisco Liriano (L) (3-10) (3.906) vs. Felix Doubront (L) (3-4) (4.709)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +124 / Pittsburgh Pirates -134 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, CSN-CHI
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs meet Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, after their Friday game was suspended.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost four straight games and are three games above .500. The Pirates lack of offense has hurt them during this stretch, scoring three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Pirates have lost eight of their last 12 games when scoring three or fewer runs. Russell Martin has hit in six of his last 10 games and Josh Harrison has hit in eight of his last nine games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.67, which is 16th in the majors. Francisco Liriano takes the mound, and he’s 3-10 with a 3.91 ERA and has 140 strikeouts in 131.1 innings. Liriano is 3-2 with a 2.59 ERA in eight career starts against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last seven games and are 12 games below .500. The Cubs pitching staff has led the way during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in nine of their last 13 games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.73, which is 17th in the majors, and they’ve won 12 straight when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro has a nine-game hitting streak and Chris Coghlan has nine hits in his last four games. Starting is Felix Doubront, who is 3-4 with a 5.56 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 66.1 innings. This is Doubront’s first career game against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 1-4 in Lirianos last 5 road starts and 0-6 in Lirianos last 6 starts overall. The Cubs are 5-12 in their last 17 during game 2 of a series and 8-3 in their last 11 games as an underdog. The Pirates are 5-2 in Lirianos last 7 starts vs. Cubs.
I like the way the Cubs have been playing, and don't trust Liriano at all this season. Take the Cubs for the value.