MLB Free Picks: Cubs @ Pirates MLB Baseball Tips 9/12/13

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We’re always trying to make the most money possible off of the MLB odds each and every night. Join us on Thursday, as we make our Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates free picks and predictions for what should be a great clash on the diamond.

September 12th MLB Picks: Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Thursday, September 12th, 7:05 ET
Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Cubs vs. Pirates On TV: Local TV

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MLB Lines & Probable Starting Pitchers
Chicago Cubs (Christopher Rusin) +165
Pittsburgh Pirates (Jeff Locke) -172
Total: 7.5

What in the heck are the oddsmakers really thinking about this game by lining the Cubs as such ridiculous underdogs on the MLB odds? Are we a huge believer in LHP Christopher Rusin? Not really. Sure, the southpaw has 10 starts and a 2.89 ERA to show for his work, but he has been horrid trying to maintain his pitch count, and he has often been bailed out by his bullpen. The southpaw can pitch, but he needs to do a better job of locating his pitches. The Pirates are using LHP Jeff Locke in this one, and he has quietly been one of the best pitchers on this team all season long. However, at +165, we know that we only need the Cubs to win this game around 38% of the time to make a profit. Chicago has gone 33-37 (47.1%) on the road this year, and they are coming off of a series at the Great American Ballpark in which they won games at +160 and +223 against the Reds. The Pirates meanwhile, are coming back home after a grueling 4-4 road trip. Chicago won three of the last four in this series as well. We have a great feeling that the Cubbies are taking this one nearly half the time on Thursday, and that’s more than good enough for our MLB picks in this one.

Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates Pick: Chicago Cubs +165
Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates Score Prediction: Cubs 4 – Pirates 3

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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