Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs 7-26-22

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs 7/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs 7/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates (40-57) will play against division rival the Chicago Cubs (39-57) in the finale of the NL Central Division’s short two-game competition at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Tuesday at 2:20 PM ET.

 

Pittsburgh dropped to 3rd place at 40-57 in the NL Central Division with a .412 team percentage and 13 outings behind first place after tallying 349 runs but yielding 491 for a -142 run difference this season.

 

The Pirates will try to bounce back after losing two successive matches including a 2-3 loss to the Cubs in game 1 of a quick two-game set on Monday.

 

LF Ben Gamel made a run on one hit while taking one free ticket while JT Brubaker lasted for 6.0 innings after allowing 8 hits, 2 earned runs, and 2 walks but wrung up 4 batters of Chicago.

 

CF Bryan Reynolds carried the offense for the Pirates with 15 long balls earned while adding 32 RBIs and a team-high .257 batting average.

 

The center fielder also recorded a team-leading .339 OBP and a slugging percentage of .459 for Pittsburgh this year. DH Daniel Vogelbach contributed 34 RBIs, 12 home runs, and batting .228 at the plate in his MLS career for the season.

 

SP Bryse Wilson (1-5, 6.52 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 38 Ks) will be heading to the mound to start for the Pirates against the Cubs on Tuesday afternoon. Right Wilson gave up 66 hits, 16 walks, and 8 dingers in pitching for 49.2 frames in pro baseball this year.

 

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs Predictions 7/26/2022

 

The Chicago Cubs took 4th place behind Pittsburgh at 39-57 in the National League Central Division with a team percentage of .406 and 13.5 contests behind first place after scoring a total of 414 runs but giving away 481 for a run difference of -67  throughout the year.

 

The Cubs won five successive games including their recent 3-2 victory over the Pirates in round 1 of a short two-game duel on Monday. Chicago also beat the Philadelphia Phillies by a sweep in a three-game series over the weekend.

 

CF Rafael Ortega scored one run on a double with one RBI in leading the Cubs in triumph while Adrian Sampson finished 7.0 frames with 6 hits, 2 earned runs, and one walk allowed but struck out 3 batters of Pittsburgh in the winning effort.

 

Chicago 3B Patrick Wisdom led the batting squad after hitting 17 long balls with 47 RBIs and a .220 batting average while SS Nico Hoerner contributed a team-leading on-base percentage of .343, a batting average of .303, and a slugging percentage of .431 in leading the Cubs over the course of the campaign.

 

The Chi Cubs will counter with right-hander Keegan Thompson (7-4, 3.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 75 Ks) to start the series finale versus the Pirates on Tuesday afternoon. Righty Thompson conceded 73 hits, 29 free bases, and 7 long balls in pitching for 81.1 innings in the majors this season.       

 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs. The MLB Pick for this contest is Chicago -178. The Cubs gained momentum after winning five games in a row while the Pirates struggled to get back to the winning track after losing two straight matches.

 

After finishing 97 outings, Pittsburgh ranked 28th in OPS and 28th in runs scored while Chicago ranked 14th in OPS and 18th in runs scored this season. The Chicago Cubs will win predicted at 4-2.  

 

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MLB Starting Time: 2:20 PM ET

 

Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL

 

Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2022           

                                                                             

TV: MLBN, ESPN+

 

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Chicago Cubs -178         

                    

MLB Totals: 7.5

 

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