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

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/22/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates (28-39) vs Chicago Cubs (25-43)

Game Info: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Jerad Eickhoff (0-0) (0.00) vs Keegan Thompson (6-2) (3.27)

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The Chicago Cubs will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 3 of their series at PNC Park on Wednesday night.

The Chicago Cubs are 25-43 this season and have lost three games in a row. Chicago has lost the first two games of this series by scores of 12-1 and 7-1. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.95 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a .255 opponent batting average this season. The Cubs offense has scored 277 runs with a .242 batting average and a .317 on base percentage. Patrick Wisdom is batting .222 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter for Chicago is Keegan Thompson, who is 6-2 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 55 innings pitched this season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 28-39 this season and have won three games in a row. Prior to winning the first two games of this series, Pittsburgh lost two out of three against the Giants. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.39 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and a .248 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 240 runs with a .221 batting average and a .292 on base percentage this year. Bryan Reynolds is batting .254 with 11 home runs and 22 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is Jerad Eickhoff, who is making his first appearance of the season.

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The Pirates have won the first two games of this series by a combined margin of 17 runs and will look to take another game on Wednesday. Pittsburgh is turning to Jerad Eickhoff, who hasn’t pitched for Pittsburgh this season, but had a 8.69 ERA and a 2.03 WHIP last season. For the Cubs, Keegan Thompson has been solid and is coming off of a start where he allowed 0 runs over six innings pitched. The Cubs haven't shown much life to begin this series, but do have the advantage in this game and should be able to score some runs. I like the Cubs in this matchup and also like the Cubs team total over.

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