The Pittsburgh Pirates in the Chicago Cubs will meet for an early game at PNC Park on Wednesday. All live odds and trends for this game are updated at Bovada sportsbook.
The Pirates have been at the top of the division all year which makes it puzzling that they have lost the first two games against the Cubs. Kevin Correia will take the mound tonight to try and salvage a win in the series. Correia has won his last five decisions and has allowed 104 hits in 102 innings of work.
The Cubs showed once again the last couple days that although they are out of the playoff race they will continue to play hard. Paul Maholm had a solid outing on the mound and Ryan Dempster will look to continue that trend this afternoon. With trade rumors swirling around him Dempster has continued to pitch well. He is allowed just 76 hits in 98 innings of work pitching to a 2.11 ERA this season.
Pittsburgh is 5-2 in their last seven games overall, 21-6 in their last 27 home games, and 4-1 in Correia’s last five home starts. Chicago is 18-42 in their last 60 road games, 2-4 in their last six games against a right handed starter, and 4-1 in Dempster’s last five starts as an underdog. Chicago is 2-6 Dempster’s last eight starts against Pittsburgh.
We really like Dempster in this game and think that the Cubs bats will come back down to earth. Give us the under for total runs scored in this game but first read sportsbook reviews.