Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/23/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/23/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates (55-95) vs Chicago Cubs (65-85)

Game Info: Friday, September 23, 2022 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

Bryse Wilson (3-9) (6.07) vs Javier Assad (1-2) (3.86)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates -110 / Chicago Cubs -110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Cubs will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 2 of their series at PNC Park on Friday night.

The Chicago Cubs are 65-85 this season and have won three games in a row. Chicago won Game 1 of this series by a score of 3-2 on Thursday night. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.18 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a .247 opponent batting average this season. The Cubs offense has scored 601 runs with a .240 batting average and a .311 on base percentage. Ian Happ is batting .269 with 17 home runs and 69 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter for Chicago is Javier Assad, who is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP over 23.1 innings pitched this season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 55-95 this season and have lost seven games in a row. Prior to losing Game 1 of this series, Pittsburgh lost both games played against the Yankees. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.73 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a .261 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 535 runs with a .220 batting average and a .287 on base percentage this year. Bryan Reynolds is batting .263 with 24 home runs and 57 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is Bryse Wilson, who is 3-9 with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP over 99.1 innings pitched this season.

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Chicago is 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games and 6-1 in their last 7 road games. The under is 3-0-1 in Chicago’s last 4 Friday games. Pittsburgh is 16-35 in their last 51 game two’s of a series and 7-20 in their last 27 home games. The over is 5-3 in Pittsburgh’s last 8 games. The under is 11-4-1 in these two teams last 16 head to head meetings.

Chicago won Game 1 of this series and the season series is now tied 8-8 between these two teams. Chicago is starting Javier Assad, who has allowed nine runs over his last 13.1 innings pitched. For the Pirates, Bryse Wilson has allowed 11 runs over his last 17 innings pitched. I like the over in this game.

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