The Pittsburgh Pirates will face the Chicago Cubs on Thursday at PNC Park. Both teams have struggled this season. They were sorely lacking in quality and performance to propel them to the top of the rankings. The Cubs and Pirates looked like a shadow of themselves.

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The Pirates are currently bottom of the National League Central standings with an overall record of 55-94. Their winning percentage is .369 this season, which is one of the worst in all of MLB. The Pirates took another step back from last season’s atrocious performance where they ended the season 61-101, finishing bottom of the standings. The Pittsburgh faithful were hoping for a better performance alongside them this campaign, but sadly that didn’t materialize. Will they end the season in style? It’s pretty hard to say, as the Pirates come into this game on a miserable six-game losing streak.

The Chicago Cubs, following their series victory over the Marlins.
The Chicago Cubs, following their series victory over the Marlins.

The Cubs have looked good this season, but haven’t converted it into a strong all-around performance this season. They currently sit in third place in the NL Central with an overall record of 64-85 with a .430 winning percentage. They’re pretty far out of contention for the playoffs right now, but there were a few times when it seemed like a strong possibility. They fell a bit at the end of the season, although they improved their performance compared to last season. They finished last season in fourth place with 71 wins, a number they should comfortably beat this season.

Match details Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs.

Fixation: Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

Date and time: Thursday, September 22, 6:35 p.m. ET

Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Top picks between Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs

The top picks for the game are Mitch Keller of the Pirates and Hayden Wesneski of the Cubs. Keller has a 4.03 ERA and Wesneski has a 2.30 ERA so far.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs betting odds:

TEAMS

SPREAD

SILVER LINE

TOTAL

Pittsburgh Pirates

+1.5

-112

Less than 7.5

Chicago Cubs

-1.5

-103

More than 7.5

Pirates vs Cubs Final Prediction:

Both teams are close to the bottom of the standings. They struggled for form. The Pirates come into this game after a shocking six-game losing streak. The Cubs should get ahead of this one.

Chicago Cubs: -1.5

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By Jordan