Pirates vs Cubs Prediction - MLB Picks 9/21/23

Chicago Cubs (79-72) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (70-81)

Game Info: Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 7:40 pm (Wrigley Field)

Kyle Hendricks (6-7) (3.91) vs Johan Oviedo (8-14) (4.27)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -164 / Pittsburgh Pirates +150 --- Over/Under: 8.5 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 Wrigley Field. 

Cubs Fighting for Wild Card Spot

The Cubs are fighting for their Wild Card spot and every win at this point of the season is basically a must win. The Cubs are averaging 5.05 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.39 runs per game. The offense is ranked 7th in the league while the pitching is ranked 12th. On the mound for the Cubs will be Kyle Hendricks who sits with a 6-7 record and an ERA of 3.77. In his last start against the Diamondbacks he went 5.1 innings giving up seven hits and three runs. 

Pirates Look to Play Spoiler

The Pirates at this point in the season are looking to play spoiler, and that can maybe happen if they find success in this game. In the first game of this series the PIrates gave up 14 runs and they need to find a way to get better pitching in this game. The Pirates are averaging 4.16 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.86 runs per game. The offense is ranked 25th while the pitching is ranked 22nd. On the mound for the Pirates will be Johan Oviedo who sits with an 8-14 record and an ERA of 4.27. 

Shane’s Free Pick

I trust Hendricks and he’s going to find success here. The Pirates offense only scored one run in the first game of this series and they are going to struggle to get any type of offense going here. Look for the Pirates to only score a run or two. The Cubs bats are also going to get going early here against Oviedo and they are going to get the job done here. Back the Cubs to cash here on the money line. 

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

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