Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs - 5/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs - 5/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs (12-20) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (14-19)

Game Info: Monday, May 16, 2022 at 7:40 pm (Wrigley Field)

Wade Miley (0-0) (9.00) vs Bryse Wilson (0-2) (5.82)

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

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs face off on Monday in an MLB showdown at Wrigley Field. 

The Pirates come into this game with a 15-19 record overall but they are coming off an odd victory on Sunday. The Pirates didn’t record a hit against the Cincinnati Reds, but they still scored one run and secured the victory. The Pirates are averaging 3.5 runs per game, and it has been the downfall all season. Ben Gamel has been the top player hitting three home runs and driving in 15 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Chicago Cubs who sit with a 13-20 record overall, but they have won two games in a row. Over the last two games, the Cubs have scored only seven runs total, but they still secured the victory. The Cubs offense is averaging only 3.94 runs per game which is 20th in the league. Patrick Wisdom has been the top player for the Cubs hitting six home runs and driving in 17 RBIs. 

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Getting the start for the Cubs will be Wade Miley and in his first start of the season, he really struggled. Against the San Diego Padres, Miley went three innings giving up five hits and three runs. Miley is only making his second start of the season, and they are going to need him to be better in this game. 

The Cubs are 4-0 in their last four games played on Monday. The Cubs are 1-6 in their last seven games during game 1 of a series. The over is 4-0 in the Pirates last four road games. The over is 2-0-2 in the Cubs last four home games. The under is 6-1-1 in the Cubs last eight games against a team with a losing record. 

Wade Miley didn’t look great in his first start giving up three runs, and I don’t see him magically turning it around in this game. Look for the Pirates bats to have more runs than Sunday, and that is going to be the difference as the Pirates are going to get the job done. Back the Pirates on the money line.

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