The Cubs have owned the Pirates recently in MLB wagering and they could have some success on Wednesday.
Baseball wagering odds don’t favor the Pirates very often, even when they are at home. The Cubs are not a great team but they are still the favorites at Pittsburgh in this series. Before yesterday’s game, the Cubs had won 15 of the last 20 against the Pirates. And they had won five of the last six road games at Pittsburgh. Four of those six games went under the total and that could happen again in this series.
One of the weak links in the starting rotation before the season began was thought to be Carlos Silva. That has not been the case early this year though in MLB wagering. The Cubs got Silva from the Mariners for Milton Bradley and it looks like Chicago got the better of that deal. In his first 19 innings of work this baseball wagering season, Silva gave up just two earned runs. "Thank God for the three good starts," Silva said, "I still have a little problem with my shoulder and everything. [God] knows what I went through the last few years. I'm a guy who never gives up. Everything happens for a reason, and thank God everything has gone well, but it's a long, long season."
The Pirates started the season strongly but they simply don’t have the talent to win consistently in baseball wagering. The team does not have enough pitching to win everyday vs. the baseball wagering odds. They recently called up pitchers Brian Burres and Brian Bass. Burres was recalled to take Chris Jakubauskas' place on the roster. Jakubauskas was placed on the 15-day DL after being hit in the head by a line drive. Pitcher Daniel McCutchen was sent down. "They give us some relief," said Pirates manager John Russell. "We've had too many games where we've really had to rely on the bullpen. It gives us guys capable of pitching long. It gives us options for multiple innings. We can use them in a lot of different ways. The main thing is our bullpen is pretty taxed." That may continue throughout the season as the Pirates pitching is simply not that strong.