Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 4/13/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (-135) Pittsburgh (+115)
PNC Park is where the Pittsburgh Pirates (1-2) will attempt to defeat the Chicago Cubs (2-1) on Wednesday. The odds on this game have the Cubs at -135 and the Pirates are sitting at +115. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Kyle Hendricks and Zach Thompson.
As a team, the Chicago Cubs are putting up 6.0 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 5th in baseball. They have earned a total of 18 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .374. The Cubs have recorded 5 doubles as a team and have hit 2 balls out of the park. They have accounted for 16 RBI's and 22 base knocks on the season, while their team batting average comes in at .239. Chicago has a slugging percentage of .359 and have struck out 28 times, while taking a walk on 17 occasions.
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The Cubs have compiled a team earned run average of 3.00 this season (8th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 27 hitters. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.25 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.15. Cubs pitchers have conceded 3 long balls and also 9 total runs (2nd in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 12 hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.22 as a unit on the season.
The Cubs have sent 12 relievers to the mound on the campaign. The relievers have inherited 5 base runners so far this year with 40.0% of those players ended up crossing the plate. They have recorded 1 save so far this year and have blown 2 of their 3 save opportunities. The Cubs bullpen have a save percentage of 33.3% and has entered the game in 6 save situations. The relievers have accumulated 2 holds for the season (17th in the league). Cubs bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with players on base 4 times as well as having 4 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Cubs have transformed 75.0% of baseballs in play into outs in their 243 innings on the field, ranking them 7th in MLB. The Chicago Cubs have a total of 81 putouts this season, in addition to 25 assists and 0 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at 1.000 which has them ranked 4th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 6 double plays.
Hendricks has pitched in 1,233 innings and has accumulated 1,020 strikeouts in his MLB career. His ERA is 3.36 (460 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.142. He has allowed 1,136 hits (8.3 hits per 9 innings) and has had 273 free passes. Hendricks (83-55 career win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 3.73 and he has faced 5,041 hitters during his time in the major leagues.
Pittsburgh has knocked in 1 home run for the season and 9 RBIs. They have notched 6 two-baggers, while taking a walk 9 times and putting up 11 runs. The Pittsburgh Pirates have earned a team on-base percentage of .336 in addition to a batting average of .283 this year. The Pirates hold a team slugging % of .368 and they are recording 3.67 runs per contest (18th in the league). They have struck out on 26 occasions (26th in MLB) and have earned 30 base hits.
The Pittsburgh pitching staff have given up 19 runs this year while holding a team ERA of 6.84 (19 earned runs surrendered). They have allowed 5 dingers and they concede 6.84 runs per 9 innings (30th in baseball). The Pirates have a WHIP of 1.520 and are the owners of a FIP of 6.15 as a squad over the course of the season. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 1.31 (17 strikeouts against 13 bases on balls). They are sitting at 6th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 25.
The Pirates have had no save situations yet. Pittsburgh has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 0 save opportunities. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 0 times in high leverage situations and also on 2 occasions with base runners. Pittsburgh relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 100.0% out of their 2 inherited base runners. They sit at 28th in the league holding a save rate of 0.0%, and they have sent 12 relievers onto the diamond for the season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten 3 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .980 (23rd in the majors). The Pirates have recorded 25 assists, 2 errors and have accounted for 75 putouts on the campaign. Out of their 225 innings on the field, the Pirates have earned a defensive efficiency of 72.1% (13th in baseball).
So far in his pro baseball career, Thompson has allowed 63 hits while tallying 66 strikeouts in 75 innings. Thompson (3-7 win-loss record in his career) has a 3.24 ERA and has conceded 7.6 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 27 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.213 and having a FIP of 3.7. His K/BB ratio is 2.36 and he has gone up against 315 opposing hitters during his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+115)
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