MLB betting on Thursday includes the finale of a four-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.
It will be a chance for Tom Gorzelanny of the Cubs to face his former team. Chicago is the bet on MLB favorite at the sportsbook in this game.
MLB betting does favor Chicago in this game but Pittsburgh does have one of their better pitchers going in Paul Maholm. The Pirates have been a poor team in bet on MLB action this season but with a win Maholm would get to .500 for the season. Maholm is 8-9 on the season with a 4.44 ERA. Gorzelanny is 7-2 with a 4.70 ERA as MLB betting stats show.
Maholm should have won his last start in MLB betting but the bullpen gave it away. He can still finish with a .500 record in MLB betting though if he is able to defeat the Cubs. The problem for him is a high ERA in his career against Chicago. He is 4-1 in his career against the Cubs but has a 7.06 ERA.
Gorzelanny got the win last time out in MLB betting against the Giants as he gave up just one run on five hits and three walks over five innings. This is his third game against his former team this MLB betting season. He beat the Pirates in mid-August and also made a relief appearance against them earlier this month.
Making a bet on MLB action with the Pirates at the sports book has been profitable when they are at home but not on the road. The Pirates have simply been abysmal on the road this season in MLB betting. Pittsburgh doesn’t have the offense or the pitching to win consistently and that problem is even worse when they are on the road in MLB betting.
The Cubs have been a good home team this season in MLB betting. The Cubs have a solid pitching staff that has been in the Top 5 in the league in fewest runs allowed. Their hitting has been poor though and that is one of the reasons they didn’t make the playoffs this season.
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