Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 13 (4/13): MLB

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 13 (4/13): MLB

Credit: photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 12:35 p.m. EST
Cubs money line -133
Cubs run line -1.5 (+125)
Pirates money line +111
Pirates run line +1.5 (-145)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Chicago Cubs Pittsburgh Pirates
Record 3-1 1-3
Road / home record 1-0 0-1
Last 10 record 3-1 1-3
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 2-1-1 2-1-1
Runs / game 6.00 3.67
Runs allowed / game 3.00 6.33

 

Preview

The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates will play the 2nd game of the series at the PNC Park on Wednesday. The Cubs won the first game of the series 2-1 with 2 single home runs of Seiya Suzuki.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs get to this game with a 3-1 record and will try to win their second series of the season after beating the Brewers in the last one. The team is averaging 6 runs and allowing just 3 runs per game. Seiya Suzuki helped the Cubs to win the game with 2 single home runs and he's leading the team with a .417 avg at bat, 3 home runs and 8 RBI.

Drew Smyly got the win pitching five scoreless innings and allowing only 3 hits with one strike out. 

Probable Pitcher: 

Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 1.69 ERA) will take the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Cubs. Hendricks allowed one run on five hits across 5.1 innings but did not factor into the decision Thursday against the Brewers. He walked three and struck out seven. In his last 3 starts against the Pirates he's allowed 11 runs in 16.1 innings striking out 11 batters.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates struggled to score again in the first game of the series and have lost 3 of their 4 games so far this season. The team is averaging 3.67 runs and allowing 6.33 runs per game. Michael Chavis leads the team with 1 home run and 4 RBI while Diego Castillo is batting for .385.

The starter Jose Quintana recorded the loss and allowed 5 hits and 1 runs in 5 innings pitched, he ended with a 1.69 ERA.

Probable Pitcher: 

Zach Thompson (0-0, 0.0 ERA) will take the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Pirates. Though Thompson finished his rookie season in Miami with a 3.24 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across 75 innings, the Marlins didn't have room for him in their rotation entering 2022. He had two starts against the Cubs last season and allowed only one run in 10 innings striking out 10.

BETTING TRENDS

Chi Cubs are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games against Pittsburgh.

Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games on the road.

Pittsburgh are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games at home.

Pittsburgh are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs.

Prediction

The Cubs continue to win against the Pirates as they're 10-1 in their last 11 games against them but they'll be facing now to Zach Thompson who hold them to only one run in 2 games last season. With Kyle Hendricks on the other side I have no other choice than taking the under.

PICK: Under 8.5 (-110)

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