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2022 MLB Handicapping
(25-43-0) Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (28-39-0)
Date: Thursday, June 23rd
Time: 12:35 ETPM ET
Venue: PNC Park Pittsburgh
Projected Pitchers: Justin Steele vs. José Quintana
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -120 Pirates 100
MLB run line Betting Odds: Cubs +1.5, Pirates -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.5
Heading into the game, the Chicago Cubs have an overall record of 25-43-0. When playing on the road, the team has gone 12-18. In the NL Central division, Chicago currently sits 4th So far, the team has gone 33-35-0 vs the runline, while being favored in 32.0% of their games. The Cubs’ over-under record is 33-32-3.
For Chicago, Justin Steele gets the start with an overall record of 2-5. He comes into the game with an elevated ERA of 4.27. So far, he is lasting an average of 4.54 innings per outing, as well as 8.08 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. In terms of walks, he allows an average of 4.42 per 9. In total, Steele has given up 3 home runs.
So far, the Cubs bullpen has been one of the most used groups in the league. This group has one of the highest ERA’s among MLB bullpens at 4.78.
So far, the Chicago Cubs have been scoring runs at a rate similar to the league average, at 4.07 runs per game. The team comes into the game with an overall run differential of -87.0. On offense, the Cubs have a team batting average of 0.242, placing them 16th in the league. Chicago’s batting average on balls in play of 0.259 is ranked 14th. On the base paths, the Cubs have put pressure on opposing pitchers, ranked 5th in the MLB in steals.
In the field, Chicago averages 0.53 errors per game, placing them near the league average. Throughout the season, the team has done a good job turning double plays, averaging 0.87 per contest.
Heading into the game, the Pittsburgh Pirates have an overall record of 28-39-0. When playing at home, the team has gone 16-19. In the NL Central division, Pittsburgh currently sits 3rd So far, the team has gone 30-37-0 vs the runline, while being favored in 24.0% of their games. The Piratess’ over-under record is 26-35-6.
For Pittsburgh, José Quintana gets the start with an overall record of 1-4. His current ERA sits at 3.38, similar to the MLB average for starting pitchers. So far, he is lasting an average of 4.92 innings per outing. as well as 7.73 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. In terms of walks, he allows an average of 3.09 per 9. In total, Quintana has given up 7 home runs.
So far, the Pirates bullpen has been one of the most used groups in the league. The team’s relievers have a combined ERA of 4.08.
Throughout the season, runs have been hard to come by for the Pittsburgh Pirates, as they are averaging just 3.58 per contest. The team comes into the game with an overall run differential of -87.0. The Pirates head into the game ranked just 28th in team batting average. Pittsburgh’s batting average on balls in play of 0.242 is ranked average. In terms of stolen bases, the Pirates are doing so near the league average, at 0.81 per game.
Pittsburgh has struggled in the field, ranking below average in errors committed, at 0.79 per game. During the season, the team is averaging 0.81 double plays per game.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs’s last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh
- The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Chi Cubs’s last 18 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
- Pittsburgh is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
Heading into this game, the pitching matchup heavily favors the Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition to holding the edge in ERA, José Quintana has a better WHIP of 1.31 compared to Justin Steele at 1.47. I expect a strong performance from Justin Steele, as the Pirates offense is ranked just 28th . Quintana faces a Cubs offense has a batting average of 0.242 (16th).
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