Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 5/26/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Trevor Williams and the Chicago Cubs (24-22, 2nd in NL Central) travel to PNC Park on Wednesday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Pirates (18-28, 5th in NL Central).
Chicago owns a slugging percentage of .402 and have struck out 445 times, while taking a walk on 163 occasions. They have amassed 205 runs batted in in addition to 357 base knocks this year, and their team batting average is .237. The Cubs have hit 66 two-baggers as a unit and have smacked 55 baseballs out of the stadium. They have tallied 213 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .321. As a team, the Chicago Cubs are recording 4.6 runs per game, which puts them at 11th in baseball.
The Cubs have an ERA of 3.99 over the course of the season (14th in baseball), and the staff has rung up 416 hitters. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.40 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.34. Cubs pitchers have yielded 56 home runs and also 197 total runs (13th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 173 hitters and their FIP sits at 4.42 as a squad so far this season.
Cubs pitchers have come into the game with runners on 55 times in addition to having 62 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have tallied 33 holds for the season (2nd in the league). The Cubs relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 68.8% and has stepped onto the mound in 50 save situations. They have accumulated 11 saves this year and have not converted 5 of 16 save opportunities. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 83 base runners for the season with 27.7% of them ended up scoring. The Cubs have sent 178 relief pitchers to the mound this year.
The Cubs have transformed 69.4% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 3,675 innings, which has them sitting at 17th in baseball. The Chicago Cubs have notched a total of 1,225 putouts thus far, as well as 461 assists and 24 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .986 which has them sitting 5th in professional baseball, and have 293 double plays.
Williams has thrown 572 innings and has tallied 458 K's so far in his career. His earned run average is 4.53 (288 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.366. He has conceded 585 base hits (9.2 hits per 9 innings) and has 197 free passes. Williams (33-39 career mark) has a FIP of 4.63 while he has gone up against 2,469 batters in the majors.
The Pirates have a team slugging % of .342 and they earn 3.35 runs per outing (30th in the league). They have put up 71 doubles, while getting a free base 144 times and scoring 154 runs. Pittsburgh has hit 30 home runs on the year to go along with 146 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 393 occasions (23rd in the league) and have accounted for 352 hits. The Pittsburgh Pirates are sitting with an OBP of .302 in addition to a batting average of .229 for the season.
The Pirates hold a team WHIP of 1.334 in addition to having a FIP of 4.44 as a staff this season. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.48 (396 strikeouts against 160 walks). They are currently ranked 15th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 371. They have allowed 59 home runs and they give up 5.25 runs per 9 innings (24th in MLB). The Pittsburgh pitching staff have allowed 232 runs on the campaign while holding a team ERA of 4.91 (217 earned runs conceded).
Sitting with 29 save situations, the Pirates have earned 20 holds in addition to 1 blown save. Pittsburgh has had bullpen pitchers take the mound in 7 save opportunities and they have tallied 6 saves. Their relievers have come in 39 times in high leverage situations in addition to 36 occasions with runners on. Pittsburgh relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 30.4% of 56 inherited runners. They are ranked 3rd in baseball with a save rate of 85.7%, and they have sent 160 relief pitchers onto the field so far this season.
Out of their 3,582 innings played, the Pirates hold a defensive efficiency of 69.4% (14th in professional baseball). The Pittsburgh Pirates have turned 37 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .983 (16th in baseball). The Pirates have recorded 414 assists, 27 errors and have a tally of 1,194 putouts on the campaign.
In his pro baseball career, Crowe has conceded 39 base hits while he has totaled 32 punch outs in 34 frames. Crowe (0-4 record in his career) has earned a 6.62 earned run average while giving up 10.3 hits per nine innings. He has allowed a total of 25 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.765 and having a FIP of 6.8. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.52 and he has faced 159 opposing hitters so far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago
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