Cubs vs. Pirates Prediction: Pitchers rule in Pittsburgh

The Cubs and Kyle Hendricks will head to the banks of the Allegheny River on Wednesday afternoon to take on the Pirates and Zach Thompson.

Thompson’s peripherals were actually stronger than Hendricks’ last season. Thompson doesn’t allow hard contact and served as both a helper and starter for the Marlins last season. Given his versatility and the lack of power in each lineup, the Under is valuable in this game.

Pirate pitcher Zach Thompson throws during a spring baseball practice session, Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Bradenton, Fla.
Zach Thompson
Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (28) delivers against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Wrigley Field.
Kyle Hendricks
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Seiya Suzuki has been a welcome addition to the Cubs’ lineup, but Nick Madrigal hasn’t quite turned it on just yet. Last year’s post-deadline favorites Patrick Wisdom and Frank Schwindel weren’t very strong either.

The Pirates’ Michael Chavis and Ke’Bryan Hayes have looked solid so far but it will be difficult to adapt against Hendricks’ move.

Neither of these teams is particularly good, but both make solid starting pitchers against weak lineups. Expect the offenses to take Wednesday off.

The game: Cubs Pirates, under 8.5. Cubs vs. Pirates Prediction: Pitchers rule in Pittsburgh


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