Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 4/24/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+165) Chicago (-195)
Wrigley Field is the site where the Chicago Cubs (6-8) will attempt to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates (7-7) on Sunday. The moneyline on this game has the Pirates at +165 while the Cubs are at -195. The over/under has been set at 9. The starting pitchers will be JT Brubaker and Justin Steele.
Pittsburgh has a slugging % of .368 and have struck out 130 times, while taking a walk on 45 occasions. They have compiled 49 runs batted in and 114 hits for the season, while their average at the plate is .245. The Pirates have accounted for 16 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 11 balls out of the park. They have accounted for 53 runs and have an on-base percentage of .311. As a squad, the Pittsburgh Pirates are notching 3.8 runs per game, which puts them at 18th in the league.
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Pirates pitchers have conceded 14 home runs and also 61 total runs (25th in baseball). They have walked 59 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.31 as a unit this season. Their K/BB ratio is 1.86 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.32. The Pirates have an earned run average of 4.39 this year (25th in the league), and they have struck out 110 batters.
The Pirates relief pitchers have a save percentage of 100.0% and has entered the game in 11 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 15 runners for the year and 20.0% of those runners crossed home plate. Pirates pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 12 times and also have had 11 appearances in high leverage situations. The Pirates have sent 46 relievers to the hill so far this year. The bullpen are sitting with 5 holds on the year (27th in the league). They have tallied 4 saves so far this season and have missed out on 0 of their 4 save opportunities.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have a tally of 363 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 116 assists and 6 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .988 which is 12th in pro baseball, and they have turned 10 double plays. The Pirates have converted 72.5% of balls hit into play into outs out of 1,089 innings, which has them ranked 7th in the majors.
Brubaker has taken the mound for 184 innings and has totaled 190 strikeouts in his career. Brubaker (6-18 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.89 and he has faced 802 hitters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 5.38 (110 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.337. He has allowed 182 hits (8.9 hits per 9 innings) with 64 free passes.
Chicago has hit 11 long balls on the season as well as 56 RBIs. They have tallied 27 two-baggers, while taking a walk 53 times as well as recording 60 runs. The Chicago Cubs have recorded a team on-base percentage of .337 and a batting average of .251 over the course of the season. The Cubs have a slugging percentage of .395 and they score 4.29 runs per game (12th in the league). They have struck out on 114 occasions (18th in MLB) and are sitting with 112 hits.
The Cubs have a team WHIP of 1.375 and have a FIP of 3.93 as a squad this season. They are currently ranked 26th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 116. The Chicago pitching staff have surrendered 61 runs for the season while holding an ERA of 4.50 (60 earned runs surrendered). Their K/BB ratio is 2.49 (122 strikeouts vs 49 walks). They have given up 15 home runs and they surrender 4.58 runs per 9 innings (25th in baseball).
Sitting with 16 save situations, the Cubs have amassed 6 holds and 2 blown saves. Chicago has had relief pitchers step onto the hill in 7 save chances and they have walked away with 5 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 16 times in high leverage situations and also on 17 occasions with runners on. Chicago relievers have an inherited score percentage of 28.6% of 28 inherited runners. They rank 17th in the league with a save rate of 71.4%, and they have dispatched 47 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign.
The Chicago Cubs have gotten 18 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .988 (11th in baseball). The Cubs have accrued 125 assists, 6 errors and have earned 360 putouts so far this year. In 1,080 innings on the field, the Cubs are sitting with a efficiency on defense of 67.3% (25th in the majors).
Thus far in his career, Steele has conceded 62 hits while totaling 69 strikeouts in 69 innings. He has allowed a total of 33 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.377 and having a FIP of 5.3. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.09 and he has gone up against 300 opposing batters in his MLB career. Steele (5-5 career mark) holds a 4.30 ERA while giving up 8.1 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+165)
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