Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction MLB Picks 5/12/24

Pittsburgh Pirates (17-22) vs Chicago Cubs (23-16)

Game Info: Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)

Mitch Keller (3-3) (4.41) vs Jameson Taillon (3-0) (1.12)

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

In this article, we will formulate a Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction for this MLB showdown on Sunday, May 12th at PNC Park. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

-The Cubs recent form and recent player performance 

-The Pirates recent form and recent play performance

-Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Chicago

-Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Pittsburgh 

-Recent betting trends in games played between Chicago and Pittsburgh

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between the Cubs and Pirates. 

Cubs Fell Just Short

The Cubs scored seven runs in the 5th inning, and nine runs total, but it still wasn’t enough. Nico Hoerner had a strong game hitting a home run and driving in two RBIs. Mike Tauchman also finished with two hits and two RBIs.  The Cubs are averaging 4.64 runs, while their pitching is giving up 4.18 runs per game. The offense is ranked 13th in the league while the pitching is ranked 12th. They currently have a 0.46 run differential is 12th in the league. Christopher Morel has hit eight home runs and driven in 25 RBis so far this season. The Cubs will meet the Braves after this series.

Pirates Offense Does Just Enough

The Pirates' offense did just enough on Saturday, scoring ten runs on the way to the one run victory. Yasamani Grandal finished with one home run and he drove in three RBIs. The Pirates are averaging 3.49 runs per game, which is 4.18 runs per game. The offense is ranked 28th in the league, while the pitching is ranked 12th in the league. Connor Joe has been the top player for the Pirates this year, hitting four home runs and driving in 18 RBIs. Getting the start for the Pirates in this game will be Bailey Falter, who sits with a 2-2 record and an ERA of 4.34. In his last start against the Colorado Rockies, he went 5.1 innings giving up six hits and three runs. 

Pittsburgh Pirates Player Prop Facts

  • Yasmani Grandal has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 14 appearances against opponents that held a winning record.
  • Joey Bart has hit a home run in each of his two previous appearances in day games against NL teams that held a winning record.
  • Yasmani Grandal has recorded at least one RBI in five of his last six appearances at PNC Park against NL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Yasmani Grandal has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 14 appearances against NL Central opponents that held a winning record.
  • Oneil Cruz has recorded a Double in each of the Pirates' last three games against NL Central opponents at PNC Park.
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes has recorded at least one Single in each of the Pirates' last six Sunday games.
  • Ji-Hwan Bae has scored a run in each of his last four appearances in day games against NL Central teams that held a winning record.

Chicago Cubs Player Prop Facts

  • Cody Bellinger has hit a home run in three of his last five appearances.
  • Cody Bellinger has recorded at least one RBI in nine of his last 10 appearances.
  • Seiya Suzuki has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 11 road appearances against NL Central opponents.
  • Seiya Suzuki has recorded at least one Single in seven of his last eight appearances against NL Central opponents.
  • Ian Happ has scored at least one run in each of the Cubs' last eight games against the Pirates.
  • Cody Bellinger has recorded at least one Double in three of the Cubs' last four games against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • Seiya Suzuki has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 11 road appearances against NL Central opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 30th in the league for home runs this season (27).
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 30th in the league for slugging percentage this season (.327).
  • The Chicago Cubs rank T2nd in the league for triples this season (9).
  • The Chicago Cubs rank T6th in the league for walks this season (141).

Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction 

The Cubs are going to find success in this game. Falter has been inconsistent this season, and I really don’t like the way he looked in the last game. The Pirates are going to really struggle with the pitching and their offense has been inconsistent all season. The Pirates are going to only score a run or two and that will be the difference here. Back the Cubs on the run line to cash here. 

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

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