Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs - 5/18/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs - 5/18/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

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

Game Info: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 7:40 pm (Wrigley Field)

Drew Smyly (1-4) (3.64) vs Mitch Keller (0-5) (6.61)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -156 / Pittsburgh Pirates +120 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs face off on Wednesday in an MLB showdown at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have won the first games of this series and outscored the Pirates 16-0. 

The Cubs come into this game with a 15-20 record overall, but they have been playing better as of late. The Cubs have won four games in a row and during the four games they have given up only four runs total. Seiya Suzuki has been the top player for the Cubs hitting four home runs and driving in 18 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Pittsburgh Pirates who sit with a 15-21 record overall and their offense has been a big issue as of late. Over the last three games, they have scored only one run total, and in that game where they scored the run, they didn’t record a hit. Over the last six games, the Pirates haven’t scored more than three runs. Ben Gamel has been the top player for the Pirates hitting three home runs and driving in 15 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Pirates will be MItch Keller who sits with an 0-5 record and an ERA of 6.61. In his last start against the Reds he went 4.2 innings giving up five hits and five earned runs.

On the mound for the Cubs will be Drew Smyly who sits with a 1-4 record and an ERA of 3.64. In his last start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he went six innings giving up 10 hits and four earned runs. 

The Pirates are 0-6 in Keller’s last six starts on four days rest. The over is 4-0-1 in the Pirates last 5 road games against a team with a home winning % of less than .400. The Cubs are 0-4 in Smyly’s last four starts. 

Smyly hasn’t actually pitched all that bad this season, they just haven’t gotten a ton of run support and that has hurt his record. The good news for the Cubs though is they are going to face off against Mitch Keller who gave up five runs in his last start. The Cubs are going to win this game on the run line. 

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