The NL Central rivals will square off when the Chicago Cubs (26-43) and Pittsburgh Pirates (28-40) complete their four-game series on Thursday afternoon. The Pirates won the first two games of the series before falling 14-5 last night to the Cubs. Justin Steele (2-5, 4.27 ERA) is starting for Chicago. José Quintana (1-4, 3.66 ERA) gets the initial nod for Pittsburgh.

The first pitch is scheduled for 12:35 pm ET. Chicago is the -115 money line favorite (risk $115 to win $100) in the latest Cubs vs. Caesars Sportsbook Pirates while Pittsburgh is a -105 underdog. The over-under for total runs scored is 8.5. Before making Pirates vs. Cubs selections, you should view MLB predictions and betting tips from SportsLine’s advanced computer model.

The SportsLine projection model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times and is off to a strong start to the 2022 season. He’s on a 56-47 roll in top-rated MLB Money Line Picks through 11 weeks. Anyone who has followed him has seen profitable returns.

Now, the model has set her sights on Cubs vs. Pirates, and simply blocked his MLB picks and predictions. You may head over to SportsLine now to see model picks. here are several MLB odds and betting lines for Pirates vs. Cubs:

  • Cubs vs. Pirates money line: Chicago -115, Pittsburgh -105
  • Cubs vs. career line Pirates: Chicago -1.5 (+140)
  • Cubs vs. Pirates over-under: 8.5 runs
  • Cubs vs. Tickets Pirates: View Posts on StubHub
  • CHC: Over is 8-1 in Cubs’ last nine games as favorites
  • PIT: Pirates are 5-1 in their last six during Game 4 of a series

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Why you should support the Pirates

Third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes is a strong infield defender with good lateral quickness. Hayes has a strong arm and throws the ball at high speed across the diamond. The 25-year-old is aggressive at the plate, but he consistently gets on base. He is hitting .265 with two home runs and 22 RBIs. On June 18, he went 2-for-5 with a double.

Second baseman Michael Chavis is a smooth hitter who can generate home run power with good bat speed. Chavis can hit average and is a true run producer. He is patient at the plate and constantly fights off pitches. The 26-year-old has a .251 batting average with six home runs and 22 RBIs.

Why you should back the Cubs

Center fielder Ian Happ is a switch hitter with power potential and solid strike zone awareness. Happ has superb hands and will hit average. The 27-year-old leads the team in batting average (.291) and hits (66) along with 34 RBIs. On June 20, he went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI.

Shortstop Nico Hoerner knows how to consistently make contact and get on base. Hoerner has great strike zone judgment with the ability to hit for a solid average. The 25-year-old has great instincts on the defensive end and can make quick reads. Hoerner is hitting .272 along with three home runs and 18 RBIs.

How to make Pirates vs. Cubs

SportsLine’s model leans on the total, projecting 9.9 combined runs. It also says that one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model’s MLB picks on SportsLine.

So who wins Cubs vs. Pirates? And which side has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed your MLB picksand find out.

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