Cubs vs Pirates Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/16

Cubs vs Pirates Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/16

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

Get ready for an exciting matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. With both teams aiming for victory, this game promises to be action-packed.

 

Game Overview:

  • Date: May 16, 2024
  • Time: 4:40 PM
  • Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
  • Line: CHC -140
  • Over/Under: 7.5

 

Team Breakdown:

Pittsburgh Pirates:

The Pittsburgh Pirates head into this game looking to snap a losing streak. Despite recent struggles, they have key players who can make an impact.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Oneil Cruz (7 HR)
  • Batting Average: Connor Joe (.286 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Connor Joe (22 RBI)

With Oneil Cruz's power and Connor Joe's consistency, the Pirates aim to turn things around and secure a road win.

Chicago Cubs:

The Chicago Cubs are looking to continue their strong performance at home. With a balanced lineup and effective pitching, they are confident in their chances.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Christopher Morel (9 HR)
  • Batting Average: Nico Hoerner (.269 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Christopher Morel (28 RBI)

With Christopher Morel and Nico Hoerner leading the offense, the Cubs are well-positioned to secure a victory at home.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
PIT (19-25) +120 o7.5 (EVEN) +1.5 (-190)
CHC (25-19) -140 u7.5 (-120) -1.5 (+160)

 

Prediction:

In this matchup, we predict that the Chicago Cubs will win. Here's why:

The Cubs have shown strong home performance, boasting a 13-6 record at Wrigley Field. Their lineup, featuring the power of Christopher Morel and the consistency of Nico Hoerner, is well-equipped to generate runs.

Furthermore, the Pirates' recent struggles and injuries to key players, such as Ke'Bryan Hayes and Enmanuel Terrero, put them at a disadvantage. Cubs pitcher Justin Steele, despite early struggles, is poised to improve and contain the Pirates' offense.

Considering the Cubs' home-field advantage, their balanced lineup, and the Pirates' challenges, we anticipate a Chicago Cubs victory.

Pick: Chicago Cubs to Win

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