Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates 9/14/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/13/2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
PNC Park in Pittsburgh
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Sunday afternoon, Jacob Turner (5 - 9, 5.84 ERA) gets the call for the Chicago Cubs as they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates and Edinson Volquez (11 - 7, 3.36 ERA). Turner makes his 16th start and 26th appearance as Volquez makes his 29th start and 30th appearance.
Jacob Turner took the loss after getting roughed up in his last start. Turner gave up 5 runs on 7 hits (including a homer) through 6 innings of work. He struck out 2 and walked 1. Since coming over to the Cubs from the Miami Marlins in August, Turner has gone 1 - 2 in 5 appearances. His record in his last 10 games (3 -3) is just marginally better. Last season, Turner started 20 games for the Marlins and posted a record of 3 - 8 with a 3.74 ERA.
Turner didn't face the Pirates in 2013 and has only faced one of the Pittsburgh hitters before. Ike Davis is 2 for 10 against Turner with a double and an RBI.
Edinson Volquez pitched to his 3rd straight no-decision in his last start. Volquez gave up 3 runs and 6 hits (including a home run) in 6 innings of work. He struck out 5 while walking 2. Although Volquez has pitched well in recent starts, his 3 -1 record in his last 10 appearances just doesn't show how good he has been. In 2013, Volquez finished the year with a 9 - 12 record and a 5.71 ERA in 32 starts and a relief appearance for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Last season, Volquez went 1 - 0 with a season-high 12.79 ERA in 2 starts against the Cubs. This season, he is 1 -0 in 2 starts against Chicago.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 72-67-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.6
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 67-71-8 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.2
Injuries to Watch
09/10/14 P Tsuyoshi Wada Calf expected to start Friday vs Pittsburgh Pirates
09/03/14 SS Starlin Castro Ankle out for season
09/01/14 1B Anthony Rizzo Back out indefinitely
08/30/14 CF Justin Ruggiano Ankle 60-day DL (8/23), out for season
08/28/14 RF Ryan Sweeney Hamstring 60-day DL (8/26)
08/21/14 P Edwin Jackson Shoulder 15-day DL (8/21)
08/10/14 P Brian Schlitter Shoulder 15-day DL (8/9)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
09/11/14 RF Starling Marte Arm questionable
09/10/14 3B Pedro Alvarez Foot out indefinitely
08/18/14 P Charlie Morton Hernia 15-day DL (8/16)
08/16/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Ankle 15-day DL (8/14)
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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