Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 9/24/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (-120) Pittsburgh (+100)
PNC Park is the location where the Pittsburgh Pirates (55-95) will take on the Chicago Cubs (65-85) on Saturday. The odds on this game have Chicago at -120 while Pittsburgh is coming in at +100. The betting total is set at 6.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Wade Miley and Johan Oviedo.
Chicago is slugging .388 and have been called out on strikes 1,338 times, while drawing a walk on 459 occasions. They have 568 runs batted in in addition to 1,207 hits so far this season, while their team batting average is at .240. The Cubs have accumulated 243 two-baggers as a team and have smacked 149 baseballs out of the stadium. They have tallied 601 runs scored while having a team OBP of .311. As a unit, the Chicago Cubs are scoring 4.0 runs per game, which has them at 23rd in MLB.
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The Cubs have a team ERA of 4.18 this year (21st in the league), and they have struck out 1,285 batters. They have walked 504 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.42 as a team on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.55 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.32. Cubs pitchers have relinquished 201 long balls and 703 runs in total (23rd in MLB).
The Cubs have dispatched 493 relievers to the mound so far this year. The relief pitchers have inherited 212 base runners on the year and 30.2% of those players crossed the plate. They have recorded 38 saves so far this season and have missed out on 29 out of their 67 save opportunities. The Cubs relievers have recorded a save rate of 56.7% and has entered the game in 122 save situations. The relief pitchers have accumulated 51 holds for the season (30th in MLB). Cubs bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with runners on 153 times as well as having 173 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Cubs have converted 69.5% of balls hit into play into outs in their 12,048 innings, which has them ranked 16th in baseball. The Chicago Cubs are sitting with 4,016 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 1,359 assists and 86 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .984 which ranks 22nd in the majors, and they have turned 130 double plays.
Miley has taken the mound for 1,612 innings and has 1,277 punch outs during his MLB career. Miley (98-93 win-loss record in his career) has a FIP of 4.11 and he has gone up against 6,920 batters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 4.14 (741 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.378. He has surrendered 1,660 base knocks (9.3 hits per 9 innings) with 562 free passes.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have an OBP of .287 as well as a batting average of .220 so far this year. They have struck out on 1,411 instances (2nd in MLB) and are sitting with 1,087 base knocks. Pittsburgh has tallied 151 home runs on the campaign to go along with 504 runs batted in. The Pirates have a SLG% of .363 and they are scoring 3.57 runs per game (28th in MLB). They have 196 doubles, while walking 427 times as well as putting up 535 runs.
The Pirates hold a team WHIP of 1.433 in addition to having a FIP of 4.30 as a unit this year. They sit at 27th in the league as a staff in total hits relinquished with 1,339. The Pittsburgh pitching staff have allowed 763 runs on the season while having a team ERA of 4.73 (690 earned runs surrendered). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.12 (1,152 strikeouts vs 543 free passes). They have conceded 154 home runs and they give up 5.23 runs per 9 innings (28th in baseball).
With 122 save situations, the Pirates have 64 holds and also 25 blown saves. Pittsburgh has had relievers step onto the mound in 55 save opportunities and they have earned 30 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 147 times in high leverage situations and also on 140 occasions with runners on. Pittsburgh relievers have an inherited score percentage of 38.0% of 213 inherited base runners. They are ranked 28th in baseball holding a save percentage of 54.5%, and they have dispatched 464 relievers to the hill on the season.
In 11,817 innings on the diamond, the Pirates have earned a defensive efficiency of 67.5% (29th in professional baseball). The Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten 144 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .980 (30th in professional baseball). The Pirates have recorded 1,400 assists, 108 errors and are sitting with 3,939 putouts during this campaign.
So far in his pro baseball career, Oviedo has given up 120 base hits and he has 109 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched. Oviedo (3-10 career record) has earned a 4.64 ERA while giving up 8.6 hits per nine innings. He has allowed 65 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.492 and a FIP of 4.9. His K/BB ratio is 1.60 and he has faced 573 opposing hitters so far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (-120)
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