Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs - 4/22/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs - 4/22/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs (6-7) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (6-7)

Game Info: Friday, April 22, 2022 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Drew Smyly (1-0) (0.00) vs Jose Quintana (0-1) (3.86)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -160 / Pittsburgh Pirates +135 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will play the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of their series on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 6-7 this season and have lost three of their last four games. Pittsburgh is coming off of a won against Chicago in Game 1 by a score of 4-3. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.58 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a .228 opponent batting average this season. The Pirates offense has scored 49 runs with a .245 batting average and a .312 on base percentage. Daniel Vogelbach has three home runs and 5 RBI’s for the Pirates this year. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is Jose Quintana, who is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP over 9.1 innings pitched.

The Chicago Cubs are 6-7 this season and have lost three games in a row. Prior to their Game 1 loss to Pittsburgh, Chicago lost two of three to Tampa Bay. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.54 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP, and a .257 opponent batting average. The Cubs offense has scored 58 runs with a .254 batting average and a .340 on base percentage this year. Seiya Suzuki has four home runs and 12 RBI’s this season for the Cubs. The projected starter for Chicago is Drew Smyly, who is 1-0 this season with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP across 9.2 innings pitched.

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The under is 2-0-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 4 games and the under is 4-0-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 5 games against the NL Central. Chicago is 1-11 in their 12 Friday games and the over is 10-1 in Chicago’s last 11 games as a home favorite. The over is 7-3 in these two teams last 10 head to head meetings. Pittsburgh is 3-10 in these two teams last 13 head to head meetings.

Pittsburgh has had a very rough time getting wins against Chicago in their last 13 games, but was able to pull out a Game 1 win. This pitching matchup is pretty interesting, but Drew Smyly has looked very good to start the season. I like the Cubs to win by 1.5 here.

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