Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs - 5/17/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs - 5/17/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs (14-20) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (15-20)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 7:40 pm (Wrigley Field)

Keegan Thompson (2-0) (1.67) vs JT Brubaker (0-3) (5.34)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -142 / Pittsburgh Pirates +120 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 15-20 this season and have won two of their last three games. Pittsburgh lost Game 1 of this series by a score of 9-0 on Monday. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.74 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and a .240 opponent batting average this season. The Pirates offense has scored 119 runs with a .225 batting average and a .295 on base percentage. Ben Gamel is batting .282 with three home runs and 15 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is JT Brubaker, who is 0-3 with a 5.34 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 30.1 innings pitched this season.

The Chicago Cubs are 14-20 this season and have won three games in a row. Prior to the Game 1 win, Chicago won two of three against the Diamondbacks. The Chicago pitching staff has a 3.94 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a .245 opponent batting average. The Cubs offense has scored 139 runs with a .236 batting average and a .313 on base percentage this year. Seiya Suzuki is batting .255 with four home runs and 16 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter for Chicago is Keegan Thompson, who is 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP over 27 innings pitched this season.

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Pittsburgh is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss and 20-53 in their last 73 road games. The over is 3-1-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 5 Tuesday games. Chicago is 16-36 in their last 52 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 Tuesday games. The over is 4-1-1 in Chicago’s last 6 game 2’s of a series. Pittsburgh is 5-13 in these two teams last 18 head to head meetings.

The Pirates have really struggled this season with their pitching staff and are starting Brubaker, who has an ERA north of five. Chicago is starting Thompson, who has been good to start the season, but will not last very long in the game. Neither of these teams is going to be good this year, but I am taking the Cubs to win by 1.5 in this matchup. The Cubs have the better starting pitcher and should handle the Pirates here.

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