Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs - 4/23/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs - 4/23/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs (6-8) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (7-7)

Game Info: Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Kyle Hendricks (0-1) (6.08) vs Zach Thompson (0-1) (9.00)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -169 / Pittsburgh Pirates +155 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will play the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of their series at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 7-7 this season and have won two games in a row. Pittsburgh has opened this series with the Cubs with two wins, by scores of 4-2 and 4-3. The Pittsburgh offense has scored 53 runs with a .245 batting average and a .311 on base percentage this season. The Pirates pitching staff has a 4.39 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a .226 opponent batting average. Daniel Vogelbach has three home runs and five RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is Zach Thompson, who is 0-1 this season with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP over 8 innings pitched.

The Chicago Cubs are 6-8 this season and have lost four games in a row. Prior to the losses in Game 1 and 2, the Cubs lost two of three against Tampa Bay. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.50 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and a .256 opponent batting average this year. The Cubs offense has scored 60 runs with a .251 batting average and a .337 on base percentage. Seiya Suzuki has four home runs and 12 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter for Chicago is Kyle Hendricks, who is 0-1 this season with a 6.08 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP over 13.1 innings pitched.

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Pittsburgh is 17-48 in their last 65 road games and 11-43 in their last 54 game 3’s of a series. The under is 4-0-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 6 games. Chicago is 7-2 in their last 9 games as a favorite and 2-6 in their last 8 games. The over is 7-0 in Chicago’s last 7 Saturday games. Pittsburgh is 4-10 in these two teams last 14 head to head meetings. The under is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 head to head meetings.

This pitching matchup leaves a little to be desired, as both pitchers have struggled to start the season. The Cubs are on a losing streak and need to figure out a way to right the ship. Hendricks has 17 strikeouts in only 13.1 innings pitched, but has also given up 17 hits and 9 walks. I think this is a spot where the Cubs get back on track, but I like the over more.

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