The Chicago Cubs will be in Pittsburgh for the final game of their series against the Pirates on Thursday afternoon, and we have you covered for the game with an analysis of the starting pitching matchup that could help us determine what might be the best bet for the contest. The starting pitcher has a major impact on who wins and who loses the game, and it is important to have all the facts and latest trends on both starters before you place a wager. We include all of that here and discuss how each pitcher might look against their opposing lineup.
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The Cubs will be sending Justin Steele out to the mound for this Thursday's matinée. Steele is certainly not a pitcher that has been anything spectacular, and in fact, has been the opposite for a majority of his starts this season. He owns a poor 4.27 ERA to go along with a sky-high 1.47 WHIP, which is not what you want to see in a young pitcher. In his last outing against the Atlanta Braves, Steele registered just his second win of the season, albeit impressively against red-hot Atlanta. He gave up two earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three in five innings of work. Basically, Steele did the absolute bare minimum he could to get a win, and nothing in his start was particularly great besides holding the Braves to two runs. He only struck out three batters and managed to get just six swings and misses in his five innings.
Pittsburgh sends out their "ace" pitcher Jose Quintana for the final game of the series. Quintana is a former Cub, and a former White Sox, so he knows the city of Chicago pretty well. His numbers this season have been very respectable, and unforeseen given his massive 6.43 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 2021. This year, he owns a 3.66 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. In his last start against the San Francisco Giants, Quintana didn't have his best game. He gave up three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five over 5.1 innings in a 7-5 loss, in which he received a no-decision. Those have become very common for the Pirates lefty, as he has only one win on the season despite having made thirteen starts. The Pittsburgh offense doesn't help him at all, as they are one of the worst run-scoring teams in MLB. Quintana has now given up five home runs in his last two starts, so while as a whole this season he has improved, his numbers lately have been getting worse.
As always, use caution, but I like the Pirates to get the job done here with Quintana on the mound. Steele has an absolutely horrible 7.04 road ERA and 1.89 WHIP and has struggled mightily outside of Wrigley Field. Pittsburgh has already shown in this series they can put up large numbers against Cubs pitchers. Steele is no exception.
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