Joe D'Amico's MLB NL Central Game of the Month
Pittsburgh vs. Chi Cubs,
07/05/2013 16:05 EDT,
Score: 6 - 2
Money Line: -130 Pittsburgh
Today's winner is Pittsburgh over Chicago. This is my MLB NL CENTRAL Game of the Month.
Pittsburgh dropped two of three to Philadelphia to have their first losing series in a month. The Pirates own the best record in Base Ball at 52-32, including a 23-17 road mark. They go into Chicago where the Cubs are just 17-22 at home. Pitt has taken six of nine over Chi-Town this season, including five of the last six meetings. Over the L2 weeks, the Pirates have a 10-2 record, averaging 5.33 RPG. The healthy Bucs boast the top-rated pitching staff in the Majors with a 3.17 ERA. Francisco Liriano takes the mound today. The LH is 7-3 with a 2.23 record. Liriano is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00 in 14 IP vs. Chicago this season. The Cubs own the worst record in the League against Division foes at 11-25 vs. the NL Central. They can't hit, with a Team BA of .242 and are once again one of the worst teams in the MLB in Errors, with 59 miscues already this season. Jeff Samardzija gets the nod here. The RH is 1-2 against the Pirates this year and has an overall record of 5-7 on the season. Take Pittsburgh. Thank you.