Pirates vs. Cubs Prediction, Betting Tips & Picks 6/20/2022

by | Jun 19, 2022

The Pittsburgh Pirates (26-39) and Jack Suwinski (3 HR in his last game) are favored (-110) on the moneyline for their matchup with the Chicago Cubs (25-41) on Monday at 7:05 PM ET. JT Brubaker will get the ball for Pittsburgh while Chicago counter with Caleb Kilian.

Pirates vs. Cubs Spread and Betting Line

Pirates vs Cubs Betting Information
Favorite Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds
Pirates -110 -108 8.5 +100 -121 -1.5 -185 +154

Computer Predictions for Pirates vs. Cubs

Our computer pick: Chicago Cubs (-108) and Over (8.5)

Pirates vs. Cubs Game Info

  • Pittsburgh Pirates probable starting pitcher: JT Brubaker
  • Chicago Cubs probable starting pitcher: Caleb Kilian
  • Game Day: Monday, June 20, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:05 PM ET
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Stadium: PNC Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Pitching Matchup

Brubaker Kilian
13 GS 2
0-7 W-L 0-1
4.50 ERA 8.00
64.0 IP 9.0
28 BB 7
65 SO 6

Pirates Starter JT Brubaker

  • The Pirates are sending Brubaker (0-7) to make his 14th start of the season. He is 0-7 with a 4.50 ERA and 65 strikeouts through 64 innings pitched.
  • The righty’s most recent appearance was on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals, when he threw 5 1/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs while allowing seven hits.
  • The 28-year-old has put up an ERA of 4.50, with 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings, in 13 games this season. Opponents are hitting .247 against him.
  • Brubaker has registered two quality starts this season.
  • Brubaker will look to last five or more innings for his third straight start. He’s averaging 4.3 innings per outing.
  • The opposing Cubs offense has a collective .242 batting average, and is 13th in the league with 539 total hits and 22nd in MLB action with 275 runs scored. It has the 16th-ranked slugging percentage (.390) and ranks 17th in home runs (65) in all of MLB.
  • In 8 2/3 innings over two appearances against the Cubs this season, Brubaker has a 5.19 ERA and a 1.615 WHIP while his opponents are batting .257.

Cubs Starter Caleb Kilian

  • The Cubs’ Kilian will make his third start of the season.
  • The right-hander’s last appearance was on Thursday, when he threw 4 2/3 innings, giving up five earned runs while allowing five hits against the San Diego Padres.
  • He has an ERA of 8.00, a batting average against of .242 and 6 strikeouts per nine innings in two games this season.
  • Kilian has one start of five or more innings this season in two chances. He averages 4.2 innings per outing.
  • The Pirates rank 28th in MLB with 221 runs scored this season. They have a .219 batting average this campaign with 61 home runs (21st in the league).

Pirates Betting Picks & Insights

  • This season, the Pirates have won seven out of the 13 games, or 53.8%, in which they’ve been favored.
  • Pittsburgh has a record of 7-6 in games where sportsbooks favor them by at least -110 on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 52.4% chance of a victory for the Pirates.
  • Games involving Pittsburgh have gone over the total set by bookmakers in 26 of 65 chances this season.
  • The Pirates are 28-37-0 ATS in their 65 games with a spread this season.

Cubs Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Cubs have won in 18, or 38.3%, of the 47 contests they have been named as odds-on underdogs in this year.
  • Chicago has a win-loss record of 17-29 when favored by -108 or worse by bookmakers this year.
  • Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Cubs have a 51.9% chance of pulling out a win.
  • Chicago and their opponents have hit the over in 33 of their 66 games with a total set by oddsmakers this season.
  • The Cubs have posted a record of 33-33-0 against the spread this season.

Pirates Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Bryan Reynolds leads the Pirates with 11 home runs.
  • In all of the majors, Reynolds ranks 42nd in homers and 160th in RBI.
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes has 22 runs batted in while batting .270. Both are team-highs.
  • Hayes ranks 272nd in homers and 151st in RBI among all hitters in MLB.
  • Suwinski leads the Pirates with 11 home runs.
  • Suwinski will look to build on his three-game hitting in this matchup. In his last five games he is batting .357 with three home runs, two walks and three RBI.
  • Michael Chavis has collected 22 runs batted in to lead his team.
  • Chavis is riding a two-game hitting streak into this one. During his last five outings he is hitting .125 with two walks.
Bryan Reynolds 62 .248 .324 .440 11 21 58
Ke’Bryan Hayes 60 .270 .349 .372 2 22 61
Jack Suwinski 47 .230 .296 .486 11 19 34
Daniel Vogelbach 49 .210 .291 .401 8 18 34
Michael Chavis 56 .260 .299 .428 6 22 45

Cubs Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Willson Contreras has racked up a team-best 12 home runs.
  • Contreras’ home run total places him 32nd in MLB, and he ranks 103rd in RBI.
  • Contreras carries a seven-game hitting streak into this matchup. In his last 10 games he is batting .308 with three doubles, two home runs, a walk and four RBI.
  • Ian Happ has a club-best .284 batting average.
  • Happ ranks 88th in homers and 67th in RBI among all hitters in the big leagues.
  • Patrick Wisdom has 12 home runs, tops in the clubhouse.
  • Nico Hoerner has five doubles, three triples, three home runs and five walks while hitting .269.
Willson Contreras 57 .283 .395 .532 12 27 58
Ian Happ 64 .284 .384 .459 7 31 62
Patrick Wisdom 62 .220 .308 .445 12 31 48
Nico Hoerner 51 .269 .301 .383 3 17 47
Christopher Morel 31 .264 .333 .472 5 15 33

Betting Tips for Pirates vs. Cubs

Our best bet is the Cubs on the moneyline at -108 after digging through all of the key statistics and trends for this matchup. Our computer predicts the scoring will over the total of 8.5 runs.

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