Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs 9/7/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/6/2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Wrigley Field in Chicago
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Gerrit Cole (7-5), who hasn't won a game since back on June 28, will get the start for the Pittsburgh Pirates when they take on Travis Wood (8-11) and the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Last week, Gerrit Cole gave up five runs in 6.1 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals and ended up taking the loss. He allowed eight hits in that outing while walking three batters and striking out four. Cole now has a 3.86 ERA through 17 starts this season and he has only given up nine home runs in 105 innings on the mound.
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has five hits in his nine at-bats against Cole with a walk and two RBI. Junior Lake is 0-for-5 against him in his career with a walk and two strikeouts.
Travis Wood had a pretty rough start against the St. Louis Cardinals last Sunday, but he took the no decision rather than a loss in that game. Wood went 4.2 innings against the Cards and allowed four runs on six base hits while walking three batters and striking out two. He has given up 171 hits in 161 innings this year and now has a 4.81 ERA.
Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata is 5-for-17 against Wood in his career with two doubles, a triple and one RBI. Clint Barmes is just 3-for-22 against him with a walk and four strikeouts.
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)
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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