|Written by Michelle Allan|
Bet on the MLBMLB betting fans will have a National League central sports betting matchup of disappointments as the Chicago Cubs host the dreadful Pittsburgh Pirates. MLB betting fans had high expectations that have not been fulfilled by the Cubs while the Pirates are again one of the worst sports betting values on the MLB board.
One of the first things that stands out like a sore thumb in this MLB betting matchup is Pittsburgh’s sports betting road record of 19-55 against the MLB betting odds. The Pirates ranked 30th overall in MLB betting for run production and just 25th overall for staff earned run average. The Pirates have been a catastrophe for their MLB betting backers lately as from August 28 through September 26 they lost an astounding 24 out of 28 games to drown gamblers in red ink!
The Chicago Cubs have gone from the top MLB betting commodity in the National League last year to an also-ran in the race for 2009. The Cubs have wasted a fine MLB betting performance by their pitching staff that ranked 5th overall in staff earned run average at 3.81. The Cubs lineup has been their MLB betting weakness as it ranked 19th overall in run production. Derrek Lee has been one of the few MLB betting bright spots for the Cubs as he was hitting .306 with 35 home runs and 109 runs batted in. The Cubs have gone 44-30 at the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field while breaking even at home against the over/under board.
The scheduled probable starting pitchers for this matchup are right hander Daniel McCutchen for the Pirates and left hander Tom Gorzelanny for the Cubs. McCutchen had a record of 0-2 with a 5.25 earned run average. In his last 3 starts he went 0-2 with a 5.50 earned run average.
Gorzelanny had a record of 7-2 with a 4.70 earned run average. He was sharp in his last 3 starts with a mark of 2-0 with a 3.00 earned run average. While the Cubs have proven to be an overlay this year the Pirates horrific road record inspires little confidence.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.