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(18-15) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs (25-8)
Date: Friday May 13, 2016
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Francisco Liriano vs. Jason Hammel
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -140
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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These teams met last week in Pittsburgh and that did not go so well for the Pirates as they were swept. Since that time the Cubs have actually lost a couple of games but this series is critical if the Pirates want to jump back in the race.
A sweet would send a message, a series win gain some ground and even just winning a game would useful, if only for their own pysche.
The Bucs had an off day to try and get right for this series.
I know it is just mid May but they have to show up which means they have to hit more and pitch better than they did last weekend.
They are averaging near 5 runs per game but scratched out just five over the whole series against the Cubs.
This is the spot they need Andrew McCutcheon to show that he is still their best outfield bat and has not been surpassed by Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.
On the hill Francisco Liriano has marginally been their best pitcher this season, leading in ERA and Ks. He did not pitch against the Cubs last weekend but gets to set the tone for the series.
He has been strong against good competition this season, beating St. Louis twice already. The bullpen has not been great this year and will definitely be a factor.
Liriano tends to be less efficient and need their support.
I am not sure what happened the Cubs are coming into this one on a two game losing streak (to San Diego). Its the first time they have lost back to back games this season.
Last weekend they dominated the Pirates and they are at home so things should be easier.
They still have the best hitting and pitching numbers in the league but with every loss their air of invincibility lessens.
They weren’t going to keep up their record pace but how quickly do they reverse things is a good question
I know it is still early but Jason Hammel is one of three starters for the Cubs that have sub 2 ERAs.
He is the least likely to be able to maintain this pace though, I think.
All of his peripherals are solid but his numbers have been better than good. He beat Pittsburgh this past weekend but they tagged him for a couple of runs.
In fact his run as a elite starter may already be coming to a close. Now might be the time to start banking on a return to the norm.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PIT are 7-2 in their last 9 road games.
- Over is 9-3 in PIT last 12 Fri. games.
- Over is 11-4-1 in PIT last 16 road games.
- CHC are 7-1 in their last 8 games following a loss.
- Over is 13-4-2 in CHC last 19 overall.
- Over is 13-4-2 in CHC last 19 on grass.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
This seems like a spot to fade the Cubs doesn’t it. They are coming off back to back losses and their starting pitcher is nowhere near as good as he has shown.
For Pittsburgh Liriano still have enough in the tank to dominate good lineup as long as he doesn’t walk too many guys. This feels like a perfect time for a spot play. Don’t miss it.
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The Cubs have given a little back this week and I think they can give a little more in this one. The question is whether you are willing to take the risk to take it.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 4 – Chicago 3
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