The Pittsburgh Pirates jumped into Tuesday’s game right where they left off on Monday, putting pressure on the Chicago Cubs from the get-go. They scored in the first, second and third innings before tacking on some extras in the fifth and sixth innings. The Cubs were unable to get anything going outside of a solo home run in the fourth inning. The Pirates will look to take a commanding lead in the four-game series in the third leg on Wednesday night.
Cubs: Starting Pitching Getting Hammered
For the second game in a row, the Chicago Cubs’ starting pitching did an absolutely horrible job of giving them a chance to compete. Starting pitcher Matt Swarmer He lasted all of four innings giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
The Cubs are searching for answers in the starting rotation. It seems that they have decided to go young and bring guys up from Triple-A to fill the void. Before Tuesday’s game, the Cubs sent Monday’s starter, Caleb Kilian, back to Triple-A Iowa and recalled Mark Leiter Jr. to help in the bullpen.
Chicago’s offense was also silent for the second game in the row, collecting only six hits. The only bright spot was Patrick Wisdom’s mammoth home run in the fourth inning. That was all for the scoring for the Cubs, who have two remaining games against the Pirates to get back on track.
Pirates Continue to Carry Momentum
Momentum can be a funny thing and sometimes you have it and sometimes you don’t. Right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates do. They have started the week red hot, scoring 19 runs in two games and watching their young, blossoming talent show off their skill.
After a big three-hit performance on Monday night in his MLB debut that was overshadowed by the skills of teammate Oneil Cruz, Bligh Madris came through with his first career home run to stay hot. Cruz went 1-for-4 with an RBI while Ke’Bryan Hayes added his second triple. The young core is really coming together nicely.
On the mound, 22-year-old starter Roansy Contreras had a good showing, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts in five innings. He has been a breath of fresh air this season on the mound, especially since moving into a starting role.
Cubs vs Pirates Head-to-Head
The Cubs and Pirates are 11 games into their 19-game season series in 2022. So far the Pirates lead the season series by a margin of 7-4.
Cubs vs Pirates Game Information
- Game: Cubs (25-43) vs Pirates (28-39)
- Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Cubs vs Pirates Live Stream: MLB.tv
Cubs vs Pirates Betting Lines
K. Thompson -R
|-1½ +135||-120||9-115o||4½-110o / 4½-120u|
J. Eickhoff -R
|+1½ -155||+110||9-105u||4½-105o / 4½-125u|
Cubs vs Pirates Prediction
With the momentum in their favor, sportsbooks will continue to pick the Pirates as the favorites in this matchup. The Pirates also covered the runline nicely on Tuesday and, with the state of the Cubs’ pitching staff, look for them to repeat that.
Cubs starter Keegan Thompson will try to limit the damage by the Pirates and he has been having a pretty good start to the season. This might be a chance to take the Cubs as the underdog. Keep an eye on the MLB lines.