Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/14/14
Chicago Cubs (65-83) at Pittsburgh Pirates (78-70)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
Jacob Turner (R) (5-7) (5.721) vs. Edinson Volquez (R) (11-7) (3.395)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -207 / Chicago Cubs +192 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, ROOT
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to continue their playoff push as they host the Chicago Cubs for game three of a weekend series in the NL Central at PNC Park.
The Chicago Cubs won 6-4 on Saturday night in Pittsburgh to move to 5-14 against the Pirates on the season. In last night’s win, Felix Doubront was highly effective allowing four hits and no runs over six innings and the Cubs bats were active with ten hits. Cubs rookies Javier Baez and Matt Szczur each hit home runs, rookie Arismendy Alcantara had two hits and scored twice, and Luis Valbuena hit his 30th double of the season and scored twice in the win.
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Jacob Turner will take the mound for the visiting Cubs on Sunday looking to find some consistency in what has been a volatile season. Turner enters this matchup with a WHIP of 1.58 and ERA of 5.84 while posting 5-9 record playing for both the Marlins and Cubs. The 23 year old righty Turner has struggled in road games with an ERA of 5.91 across 12 starts while allowing seven home runs; Turner has yet to face the Pirates this season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates can’t afford to be losing home games to the Cubs at this stage of the season, but despite the loss they retained a wild card berth for the time being in the National League. In last night’s loss, starter Jeff Locke didn’t have his best stuff allowing three runs on six hits while walking three over 5.1 innings and Brandon Cumpton allowed two runs in relief to put the game out of reach. The Pirates attempted to rally when Russell Martin hit a three run double in the eighth inning and Travis Snider hit a solo home run in the ninth to cut the deficit to two runs, but they came up short in the end. Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison each had hits in the loss as well.
Edinson Volquez will make the start for the Pirates on Sunday in hopes of continuing one of the most impressive comeback campaigns of 2014. Volquez enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.26 and ERA of 3.36 while posting an 11-7 record. The veteran right-hander Volquez has dominated the Cubs this season pitching nine shutout innings while striking out seven across one start and one relief appearance.
The Pirates are a heavy favorite here and deservedly so given their home record of 45-29 and 14-5 record against the Cubs in 2014. With the amount of rookies getting playing time for the Cubs it would be unwise to expect consistent output out of their offense making this an ideal bounce back spot for the Pirates.