Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates: 6/20/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates: 6/20/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates (26-39) vs Chicago Cubs (25-41)

Game Info: Monday, June 20, 2022 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

JT Brubaker (0-7) (4.50) vs () ()

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -105 / Chicago Cubs -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Chicago Cubs in the first game of their series in the National League Central from PNC Park on Monday night. The weather is expected to be mildly humid with a 0% chance of rain and 5.8 miles per hour winds.  

The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming off of a 1 run win against the San Francisco Giants in their last game.  Jack Suwinski hit his third homer of the game in the ninth inning to give the Pirates the win as they avoided the sweep. The series ended at 2-1 in favor of the San Francisco Giants.

Mitch Keller got the start for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has a 4.72 ERA, with 50 strikes and a 1.44 whip. He gave up two runs on three hits with four strikeouts in six innings for the Pirate in the win. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander, JT Brubaker will be the starter for this one. He has a 4.50 ERA with 65 strikes and a 1.44 whip

The Chicago Cubs are coming off of a 6 run loss against the Atlanta Braves in their last game. The series ended at 2-1 in favor of the Chicago Cubs.

Kyle Hendricks got the start for the Chicago Cubs. He has a 5.43 ERA, with 49 strikes and a 1.35 whip. Adrian Sampson pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief of Hendricks. He struck out five and walked none in the loss. 

Chicago Cubs right-hander, Caleb Kilian will be the starter for this one. He has a 8.00 ERA with 6 strikes and a 1.67 whip.

Although the Chicago Cubs are 24-51 in their last 75 games following a loss, the Cubs are 18-7 in their last 25 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Pirates are 16-35 in their last 51 games following a win and are 28-68 in their last 96 vs. National League Central. The Pirates are also 15-37 in their last 52 Monday games. The Chicago Cubs should win here in game 1 of this series as they are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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