Analysis & Picks: Cubs vs Pirates 06-20-2023

Analysis & Picks: Cubs vs Pirates 06-20-2023

June 20, 2023


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The Pittsburgh Pirates enter this series against the Chicago Cubs with an awful record, having lost seven straight contests and falling three games below .500; on the other side, their rivals from Chicago have been improving in the National League Central division with 8 wins in their last 10 games to their credit.
At PNC Park, NL Central rivals Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates will meet for the second game of their three-game series, promising an intriguing game on both sides of the ball. The advancing Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Monday evening to snuff out Henry Davis’ MLB début. Drew Smyly allowed 3 hits in 5 innings while Mike Tauchman produced a 2 run single during an instantaneous rainfall.
Before this series, the Cubs were 4.0 games away from the top spot after a 7-2 run. Another victory for Chicago could be in the works with Marcus Stroman scheduled to start this match. His 6 starts for the Cubs have resulted in victories, as he has limited all of his rivals to 2 runs or less. We’ve watched this movie before because of his most recent start versus the Pirates, with 6 innings pitched and 2 earned runs. While other members of the club struggled, he maintained Chicago afloat. Now, the pitcher who leads the National League in ERA, WHIP, and H/9 may properly direct a push towards the NL Central championship.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are disintegrating after taking a commanding lead in the NL Central, which is creating the beginnings of another classic tale. Pittsburgh is once more looking upwards in the rankings after an extended winless streak, identical to May. Poor pitching, which has given up at least 5 runs in every one of their previous 6 losses, is to blame for their current series.
Pittsburgh hopes to break out of its current slump with the help of pitcher Johan Oviedo’s return. Oviedo boasts an excellent 4.40 ERA this year, so his inclusion should provide the Pirates with an edge in breaking out from their skid.
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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Game Information

  • Date: 06/20/2023
  • Time: 07:05 PM ET
  • Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • How to Watch: Cubs vs Pirates MLB.TV
  • Live Stream: MLB.TV


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