MLB Pick: Cubs have the edge with Samardzija over the Pirates on June 8th 2013
MLB Picks: June 8th 2013
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Pick: Cubs -123 odds
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The Key: The Cubs have the edge on the mound with Jeff Samardzija, who enters this contest in top form. The right-hander is carrying an ERA of just 1.61 over his last 3 starts. Pittsburgh’s A.J. Burnett, on the other hand, has an ERA of 5.50 over his last 3 starts. Pittsburgh hasn’t been able to figure out Samardzija, who is 3-1 with an ERA of 0.84 and WHIP of 0.438 in 4 starts against the Pirates. Burnett has a solid 3.21 ERA in 9 starts versus Chicago. However, he’s 0-2 in his last 2 starts against the Cubs while giving up 10 runs in 10 2/3 innings. The Pirates are 0-5 in Burnett’s last 5 starts versus a team with a losing record. The Cubs are 5-1 in Samardzija’s last 6 starts as a home favorite. Take the Cubbies.
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