User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools
 
Preview: Pirates (54-49) at Cubs (42-60)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: September 25, 2013 2:20 PM EDT
  

The Pittsburgh Pirates regained the top spot in the NL wild-card race while continuing to frustrate the last-place Chicago Cubs.

Francisco Liriano will try to lead the Pirates to their first three-game sweep at Wrigley Field in 13 years Wednesday ahead of a pivotal season-ending series.

Pittsburgh (91-67) arrived in Chicago having lost five of seven and Sunday's 11-3 drubbing to Cincinnati cost the Pirates sole possession of the wild-card lead. They've bounced back with two victories over the Cubs (65-93) and an 8-2 rout Tuesday helped them move a game in front of the Reds.

Advertisement

Pittsburgh also stayed within two games of St. Louis in the NL Central with four contests remaining for both clubs. After wrapping up its stay in Chicago, Pittsburgh will head to Cincinnati for its final series.

"We're still trying to win our division. That's what we're shooting for, so we're trying to win out here and just keep going for the next four games," star outfielder Andrew McCutchen said.

Liriano (16-7, 2.88 ERA) will try to help his club with another impressive outing against Chicago. He's 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA in four matchups this season and 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his two at Wrigley Field.

Liriano gave up two runs in six-plus innings to the Cubs on Sept. 15, but did not get a decision in a 3-2 win. Five days later, he yielded two runs and three hits in eight innings of a 6-5, 10-inning loss to Cincinnati.

"(Liriano) was fantastic," manager Clint Hurdle said.

Liriano has been seeking to become the first Pirates pitcher with at least 17 wins since John Smiley went 20-8 in 1991. He'll also try to lead Pittsburgh, 12-6 in this season's series with the Cubs, to their first three-game sweep at Wrigley since May 5-7, 2000.

The Cubs' Jake Arrieta (3-2, 3.94), meanwhile, will likely head into his final start of the season with a more modest goal.

The right-hander is hoping to finish strong after a stellar outing in Milwaukee on Thursday. He yielded a solo homer and two other hits in seven innings of a 5-1 victory.

"I want to be one of those guys who some young guys look at and say, 'This guy knows how to do it the right way.' It's just a matter of keeping that hungry mindset and rolling that over into next year," he told the team's website. "We're out of it, but a lot of good things can happen next year. Guys can show they're hungry for a winning team. If we're all on board with that, we're going to be good going into next year."

Arrieta is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA in three career starts against Pittsburgh but did not get a decision in a 5-4 win Sept. 13. He gave up four runs in five-plus innings, including three solo homers in the fourth, in his lone matchup this season.

McCutchen had two hits off Arrieta in that game and is 4 for 9 in his career against him.

Anthony Rizzo (0 for 11) and Darwin Barney (0 for 12) have struggled mightily against Liriano, and Starlin Castro is 2 for 14 in his career versus the left-hander.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Pirates at Cubs
Mon, Sep 23 Final 2 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Pirates at Cubs
Tue, Sep 24 Final 8 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Pirates at Cubs
Wed, Sep 25 Final 2 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  -165   -105   6.5 
 CHC  +155   -115   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  -185   -110   6.5 
 CHC  +160   -110   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  89%   72%   59% 
 CHC  11%   28%   41% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 8 Cover: +100 
 CHC 2 Over: 10 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Sep 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 2 Cover: +100 
 CHC 1 Under: 3 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Sep 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 2 Under: 5 
 PIT 3 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Sep 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 1 Under: 3 
 PIT 2 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Sep 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 5 Cover: +155 
 PIT 4 Over: 9 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Sep 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 1 Under: 4 
 PIT 3 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jul 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 3 Under: 7 
 CHC 4 Cover: +135 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jul 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 1 Under: 5 
 CHC 4 Cover: +105 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jul 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 6 Cover: +100 
 CHC 2 Over: 8 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jun 9, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 1 Under: 5 
 CHC 4 Cover: +115 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, Sep 25
 
    Mets at Reds
12:35 PM EDT
    Nationals at Cardinals
1:45 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Athletics at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Royals at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!