Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates close out their weekend series at Wrigley Field on Sunday. The Cubs are -125 favorites over the Pirates with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Chicago Cubs can’t figure out a way to consistently beat the Pittsburgh Pirates and in this series they can’t even figure out a way to match up with them as they look to avoid getting swept at home. On Saturday Alfonso Soriano, Starlin Castor, and Aramis Ramirez each had two hits as the Cubs scored five times on 10 hits for the game. On the mound Casey Coleman pitched well allowing six hits and two runs and striking out six over six innings but Carlos Marmol blew his ninth save of the year and took his fifth loss. For Sunday’s game Chicago looks to salvage a win in the series as they start Randy Wells who has won his last four decisions. For the season Wells has allowed 108 hits and 59 earned runs while striking out 69 over 105 innings of work.
The Pirates may have struggled down the stretch but they have a chance for the road sweep at Wrigley. Derek Lee hit a two out grand slam home run in the ninth inning, Alex Presley had three hits, and Andrew McCutchen had a hit and scored as the Pirates scored seven runs on 11 hits. On the mound starter Ross Ohlendorf lasted just four innings allowing seven hits and three earned runs but it was Chris Resop who got the win and Joel Hanrahan picked up his 34th save. For Sunday’s series finale Pittsburgh starts Charlie Morton who has lost his last two starts. For the season Morton has allowed 162 hits and 62 earned runs while striking out 94 in 149.1 innings of work.
Chicago is 3-10 in their last 13 games overall, 1-6 in their last seven home games, and 7-0 in Wells’ last seven starts with five days rest. Pittsburgh is 10-26 in their last 36 overall, 3-14 in their last 17 against a team with a losing record, and 2-11 in Morton’s last 13 road starts against a team with a losing record.
Wells has been the Cubs best option of late and while I’m not loving this one, he’s the better option. Take the Cubs minus the 125.
Chicago Cubs -125 Pittsburgh Pirates