Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Pick and Preview, June 23 (6/23): MLB

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Pick and Preview, June 23 (6/23): MLB

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Odds

Time 12:35 p.m. EST
Cubs money line -120
Cubs run line -1.5 (+135)
Pirates money line +100
Pirates run line +1.5 (-160)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Chicago Cubs Pittsburgh Pirates
Record 26-43 28-40
Road / home record 13-18 16-20
Last 10 record 3-7 4-6
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 34-32-3 28-35-3
Runs / game 4.23 3.39
Runs allowed / game 5.22 5.03

 

Preview

The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates will play the 4th game of the series at the PNC Park on Wednesday. The Cubs bounced back and outscored the Pirates 14-5 on Wednesday and they're 5-7 against them this season.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs get here with a 26-43 record and have lost 7 their last 10 games. The team is averaging 4.2 runs per game with a .242 at bat while allowing 5.2 runs. Patrick Wisdom is leading the team with 14 home runs and 36 RBI while Happ has the better batting average with .291.

Keegan Thompson worked six innings and allowed four hits taking the win against the Pirates. He struck out seven and gave up one run. He leads the pitching staff with a 3.27 ERA, 48 strikeouts and 6 wins recorded for the Cubs.

Probable Pitcher:

Justin Steele (2-5, 4.27 ERA) will be on the mound for the Cubs in the 4th game of the series. Steele took the win vs Atlanta on Saturday by allowing two earned runs on five hits, three walks, and three strikeouts in five innings. He has a 1-1 record with an ERA of 2.25 and 11 strikeouts in 3 appearances versus the Pirates in his career.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates get to this game with a 28-40 record and have won 3 of their last 4 games. The team is averaging 3.4 runs and allowing 5 runs per game. Ke'Bryan Hayes is batting for .270 AVG and has 21 RBI. Bryan Reynolds leads in home runs with 11.

JT Brubaker (1-7) pitched six scoreless innings for his first win of the season. He leads the team with a 4.11 ERA, 70 strikeouts and 1 win.

Probable Pitcher: 

Jose Quintana (1-4, 3.66 ERA) will take the mound in the 4th game of the series for the Pirates. On Saturday, Quintana pitched 5.1 innings in a 7-5 defeat to the Giants, surrendering three earned runs on five hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. He didn't factor in the decision. He has a 0-4 record with an ERA of 3.47 and 27 strikeouts in 6 appearances versus the Cubs in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Chi Cubs are 4-7 SU in their last 11 games against Pittsburgh.

Chi Cubs are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games on the road.

Pittsburgh are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games against Chi Cubs.

Prediction

The Cubs finally showed signs of life pounding the Pirates rookie pitcher Eickhoff with 10 runs. They'll now face Jose Quintana who hasn't recorded a win against them. The Pirates were dominated by Thompson and facing Steele won't get easier as he's holding 2.25 ERA against them in his career. The Cubs will be motivated after yersterday's win and Steele should provide a good start. Take the Cubs.

PICK: Cubs ML (-120)

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