Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/22/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/22/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates (55-94) vs Chicago Cubs (64-85)

Game Info: Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

Mitch Keller (5-11) (4.03) vs Hayden Wesneski (1-1) (2.30)

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The Chicago Cubs will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of their series at PNC Park on Thursday night.

The Chicago Cubs are 64-85 this season and have won six of their last nine games. Chicago is coming off of a series win against Miami, where they won two out of the three games played in the series. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.20 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a .248 opponent batting average this season. The Cubs offense has scored 598 runs with a .240 batting average and a .311 on base percentage. Ian Happ is batting .271 with 17 home runs and 69 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter for Chicago is Hayden Wesneski, who is 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP over 15.2 innings pitched this season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 55-94 this season and have lost six games in a row. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series loss against the Yankees, where they lost both games played. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.74 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, and a .261 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 533 runs with a .221 batting average and a .287 on base percentage this year. Bryan Reynolds is batting .259 with 24 home runs and 56 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is Mitch Keller, who is 5-11 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 143 innings pitched this season.

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Chicago comes into this game playing fairly well over their last nine games, while Pittsburgh has lost six games in a row. Part of the reason that the Pirates are in such a slump is that their last six games have been against the Mets and the Yankees. Both of these teams are eliminated from postseason play, but Chicago has had the better season. The Cubs are starting Hayden Weskeski, who has allowed four runs over 15.2 innings pitched this year. The Pirates are starting Mitch Keller, who has allowed three runs over his last 19 innings pitched. I am taking the Pirates in this game.

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