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Pirates vs. Cubs: Picks, predictions, how to watch Monday’s game

We go over how to watch Monday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs and make some picks.

Rodolfo Castro #14 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after coming around to score on a run scoring fielders choice off the bat of Ke’Bryan Hayes #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (not pictured) in the eighth inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on May 15, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs square off on Monday with first pitch set for 7:40 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois and will only be available on local TV or through an subscription. Pittsburgh sends Dillon Peters (3-1, 1.83) to the mound, while Chicago will counter with Wade Miley (0-0, 9.00 ERA).

The Pirates (15-19) became the sixth team in history to get no-hit and win a baseball game on Sunday. Pittsburgh finds itself coming off a series win against the Los Angeles Dodgers and a series tie with the Cincinnati Reds. The season-long outlook doesn’t look great for this team, but there are moments inspiring hope for the future. The left-handed Peters is making his 11th appearance of the season and usually comes out of the pen. He does have three starts this season but likely won’t have a lengthy outing.

The Cubs (13-20) were able to pull out a series win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday after Frank Schwindel put them ahead with a broken-bat single in the ninth. Chicago has now won back-to-back series after losing five games in a row to start the month. Miley last got the start on May 10, and he has got to be hoping for a better outing this time around. He only pitched three innings and gave up five hits and three earned runs while walking five and striking out only one.

Pirates vs. Cubs

Pitchers: Dillon Peters vs. Wade Miley
First pitch: 7:40 p.m. ET
Pirates local broadcast: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Cubs local broadcast: Marquee Sports Network
Live stream: (subscription)
Moneyline odds: Cubs -155, Pirates +135

Picks & predictions

Moneyline pick: Pirates +135

Peters has been effective as the opener for the Pirates this season as he comes in with 10 appearances and three starts, never going more than 3.0 innings. Still, I’ll side with him starting the game off strong and relying on the Pittsburgh bullpen at this price especially as Miley gets settled in for his second start of 2022.

Player prop pick: Daniel Vogelbach UNDER 0.5 hits (+140)

Predicting a Pirates player to not get a hit — bold, I know. But Vogelbach is hitting .177 in 17 at-bats versus left-handed pitchers this year. His OPS against LHPs is about 400 points less than his RHP split. With a southpaw such as Miley on the mound, it’s best to bet against Vogey.

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