Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs 9/5/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/4/2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Wrigley Field in Chicago
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Friday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates will send Vance Worley (6 - 4, 3.01 ERA) to the hill to take on the Chicago Cubs and Tsuyoshi Wada (4 - 2, 2.79 ERA). Worley makes his 14th start and 15th appearance as Wada makes his 10th start.
Vance Worley shook off his 3 game losing streak by getting the win his last time out. In a 6.1 inning effort, Worley surrendered 2 runs on 3 hits (including a homer) while walking 2 and striking out 4. Worley had been on a roll before the losing streak but he still has a 4 - 3 record in his last 10 starts. Last season, Worley posted a record of 1 - 5 with a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts for the Minnesota Twins.
Worley didn't face the Cubs in 2013 but he did face them earlier this season. In that start, Worley got his 1st win of the year after holding Chicago to 3 runs and 5 hits (including a home run) in 6.2 innings.
Tsuyoshi Wada saw his 3 game win streak end after taking the loss in his last start. In defeat, Wada gave up 4 runs and 5 hits (including a homer) in 6 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 3. It was just the 2nd time in 9 starts that Wada allowed more than 2 runs in an outing. Before getting the call, Wada was 10 - 6 with a 2.77 ERA in 18 starts and a relief appearance at Triple-A Iowa.
Wada has never faced the Pirates but with the help of a good scouring report, he should be able to rebound from his recent defeat.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 64-67-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.1
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 69-64-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.3
Injuries to Watch
09/03/14 3B Pedro Alvarez Foot questionable
09/03/14 RF Travis Snider Hamstring questionable
08/18/14 P Charlie Morton Hernia 15-day DL (8/16)
08/16/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Ankle 15-day DL (8/14)
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)
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago
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