Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/23/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/23/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

Game Info: Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 12:35 pm (PNC Park)

Jose Quintana (1-4) (3.38) vs Justin Steele (2-5) (4.27)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +105 / Chicago Cubs -141 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Thursday in an MLB showdown at PNC Park. The Pirates have won two of the first three games of this series. 

The Cubs come into this game with a 26-43 record overall but they are coming off a big win on Wednesday. The Cubs offense finally broke out scoring 14 runs and that led to the blowout victory. The Cubs are averaging 4.22 runs per game and their pitching is even worse giving up 5.39 runs per game. The top offensive player has been Patrick Wisdom and he has hit 14 home runs and driven 36 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Pittsburgh Pirates who sits with a 28-40 but they have won three of their last four games. The Pirates pitching had given up five runs total during the three-game winning streak, and they need better pitcher in this game. Bryan Reynolds has been the top player for the Pirates hitting 11 home runs and driving in 22 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Cubs is Justin Steele who sits with a 2-5 record and an ERA of 4.27. In his last start against the Braves he went five innings giving up five hits and two runs. 

On the mound for the Pirates will be Jose Quintana who sits with a 1-4 record and an ERA of 3.66. In his last start against the San Francisco Giants, he went 5.1 innings giving up five hits and three runs. 

The Cubs are 1-7 in their last eight road games. The Pirates are 5-1 in their last six during game four of a series. The under is 4-0 in the Pirates' last four games played on Thursday. The over is 8-2 in the Cubs last 10 games against a team with a losing record. 

I am going to take a chance here with the Cubs. Quintana hasn’t been as strong as of late and in his last start he gave up three runs in 5.1 innings. The Cubs offense scored 14 runs on Wednesday and they are going to run up the score here again. Back the Cubs on the money line.

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