These two squads have already met twice this year. The Cubs dominated the Pirates in both games. Chicago has beaten the Pirates 48-14 in the six games. As a team, the Cubs are hitting .308 against the Pirates. Mike Tauchman has been the team’s slugging leader with 10 hits, including a home run.
Against the Pirates, the Cubs have slugged five homers, five triples, and eight doubles. Chicago’s pitching staff has a 1.83 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 7.7 K/9 on the year. In the six games played, four different Chicago starters have been rated as quality.
This season, Justin Steele has been the finest and most reliable starting pitcher for the Cubs. He is 14-3 with a 2.80 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Steele has helped the Cubs win 10 of his past 11 games this season. In the game they lost, Steele pitched six strong innings and gave up just one earned run. When Cubs starter Justin Steele takes the mound, they are dangerous.
In the season series against Chicago, Pittsburgh is plainly struggling at the plate. The Pirates’ team batting average is only.190, and they have only 13 extra-base hits. Jack Suwinski has hit two home runs and Connor Joe has hit three doubles against his local team. The Pirates’ pitching staff has an ERA above 7.00 and a WHIP above 1.80, but their strikeout-to-walk ratio is 9.4. The Pirates have only two quality starts in their six games played.
The Pirates’ starting pitchers will need to have a strong game. However, the Pirates’ pitching staff has been performing admirably of late. In four of their last five games this season, they have held their opponent to four runs or less. Despite their losing streak, they should be able to stay competitive if they allow only four runs.
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Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Game Information
- Date: 08/24/2023
- Time: 07:05 PM ET
- Location: PNC Park.
- How to Watch Cubs vs Pirates: MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV