Chicago Cubs Vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Preview, Prediction, and Odds| May 16, 2024

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs(25-19) will host the Pittsburgh Pirates(19-25) to start a four-game NL Central divisional series on Thursday night.

Chicago is coming home after avoiding a sweep by the Braves on Wednesday and has won five of their last ten games. They faced the Pirates last weekend and took two of three from them at PNC Park so it could be a fun series for the Cubs hitters.

Pittsburgh is coming off losing two of three to the Brewers and has lost six of their last ten games. The Pirates have been struggling lately and could be facing a downward spiral if things don’t go well tonight.

Can the Chicago Cubs get another win and get a winning streak going or could the Pittsburgh Pirates get a win tonight?

Chicago Cubs Vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Odds

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Team

Spread

Total

MoneyLine

Chicago Cubs

-1.5

+170

U 7.5

-105

+120

Pittsburgh Pirates

+1.5

-205

O 7.5

-115

+100

**Odds Subject to Change**

Cubs Vs. Pirates Game Details

  • Fixture: Pittsburgh @ Chicago

  • Date and Time: May 16, 2024, @ 7:40 pm EST

  • Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

  • Weather: Rainy and 67 Degrees

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Apex Tale of the Tape

Chicago Cubs

vs.

Pittsburgh Pirates

25-19

Record

19-25
4.6

Runs/G

3.7
.237

BA

.223
.709

OPS

.651
.320

OBP

.302
46

HR

40
28

SB

20
3.69

ERA

4.05
1.28

WHIP

1.27
8.67

K/G

8.56
14

Quality Starts

19
27

Errors

27

Key Stats

Chicago Cubs

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The Cubs will send out Justin Steele to the mound against the Pirates in this series opener. Steele in his last start pitched 4.0 innings and wasn’t effective giving up six earned runs and three home runs. Chicago’s hitting is led by Nico Hoerner in batting average(.261) and hits(42), and Christopher Morel in home runs(9) and RBIs(28).
Mike Tauchman is also contributing for the Cubs, leading in OBP(.391) for the team this season.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will have Jared Jones in the hostile Wrigley Field tonight. Jones in his last start against the Cubs was solid, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up two runs and seven hits. Pittsburgh hitting has Connor Joe stepping up to lead the team in three of its hitting categories. Oneil Cruz is also helping, leading the team in home runs(7), and Bryan Reynolds with hits(43).

Game Prediction

The Chicago Cubs are coming off salvaging a series against the Braves and are facing the Pirates again this weekend. Last weekend when these teams faced off, the Cubs took two of the three games and looked dominant against the Pirates. Even with the series loss against the Braves, the Cubs are looking to bounce back against their divisional rival.

With the Cubs facing a pitcher that they took deep once, it will be an easy Cubs win to extend their streak. While it looks like they appear to be middling, the Cubs roster could easily take tonight’s game and more. For the Cubs to dominate their division, they must take care of business now. It could also be a great night for Patrick Wisdom who had a great series against the Pirates last weekend.

Final Pick

Chicago Cubs ML (-120) 

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