The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs are two of the oldest franchises in baseball, and their long standing rivalry remains fierce. Wednesday, June 14th marks their second meeting in their current three-game series, offering Pittsburgh an opportunity to maintain control of the NL Central.
In the last game, the Cubs easily defeated the Pirates 11-3 in game one. Chicago currently trails their division-leading Pirates by 5.5 games; thus sweeping this series would do wonders for their playoff hopes. Wednesday will put their team through rigorous examination when they take on their division rivals for their second game of their series.
The Chicago Cubs started off well, winning 11-6, but since then they have struggled, going only 17-31 and dropping 5 of their previous 7 matches. Chicago ranks 22nd in terms of offense, scoring 4.3 runs per game, 18th in terms of batting average (.243), and 16th in terms of home runs per game.
Drew Smyly, lefty pitcher, will make the start on Wednesday. Smyly has a 2-1 record and a 3.52 ERA in home games. The Cubs had a 7-6 record overall in Smyly’s starts this year after winning 6 of the first 8 matches he began for them. However, they have lost his past 3 appearances.
On the other side of things, the Pirates have shown significant improvement since starting off this year; they must come back to their winning ways against the Cubs on Wednesday. When facing off with them tonight, their power offense must come alive: their average batting average stands at .249 while they rank 17th in runs per game with 4.5.
Pittsburgh, which currently leads the NL Central, has proven to be among the season’s biggest surprises. Most supporters believed they would once again be among the poorest baseball clubs as the 2023 season began. The Pirates just defeated the New York Mets in their last series.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Game Information
- Date: 06/14/2023
- Time: 08:05 PM ET
- Location: Wrigley Field.
- How to Watch Pirates vs Cubs:MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Betting Lines
Cubs are -140 according to our Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $71.43. On the other side, Pirates are +125 according to the Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $125.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Cubs at a 58.33% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Pirates have 44.44% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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