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    Nico Hoerner takes a 12-game hitting streak into the Chicago Cubs’ (78-72) matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates (70-80). The Cubs are the moneyline favorite (-142) for this contest against the Pirates (+120), which starts at 7:40 PM ET on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Pittsburgh has not named a starter while Chicago is projected to start Javier Assad.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Cubs vs. Pirates

    • Game Day: Tuesday, September 19, 2023
    • Game Time: 7:40 PM ET
    • Location: Chicago, Illinois
    • Stadium: Wrigley Field
    Cubs vs Pirates Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Cubs -142 8.5

    How Do I Watch the Cubs vs. the Pirates?

    • TV Channel: MARQ

    Cubs Stats & Trends

    Cubs Batting

    • The Cubs are 14th in MLB play with 178 total home runs.
    • Chicago has the 11th-ranked batting average in the majors (.254).
    • The Cubs’ .328 on-base percentage is eighth-best in MLB.
    • Chicago strikes out 8.6 times per game to rank 15th in baseball.
    • The Cubs average 1.2 homers per home game this season (93 total at home).
    • Chicago has a .426 slugging percentage and is averaging 2.9 extra-base hits per game at home.
    • The club is batting .258 with 643 hits (8.6 per game) at home this season.

    Cubs Key Batters

    • Cody Bellinger leads Chicago in total hits (142) this season while batting .311 with 51 extra-base hits. He has an on-base percentage of .356 and a slugging percentage of .534.
    • He is sixth in batting average, 27th in on-base percentage, and eighth in slugging among qualifying batters in MLB.
    • Hoerner has hit nine homers this season while driving in 64 runs. He’s batting .288 this season and slugging .392 with an on-base percentage of .347.
    • Among all qualified, he ranks 12th in batting average, 38th in on-base percentage and 110th in slugging percentage.
    • Hoerner brings a 12-game streak with at least one hit into this contest. In his last 10 games he is batting .381 with a double, three walks and two RBI.
    • Ian Happ leads Chicago in OBP (.360) this season, fueled by 132 hits.
    • Happ has picked up a hit in four straight games. In his last five games he is hitting .400 with two doubles, a home run, three walks and an RBI.
    • Dansby Swanson is batting .249 with a .329 OBP and 74 RBI for Chicago this season.

    Pirates Stats & Trends

    Pirates Batting

    • The Pirates have hit just 146 homers this season, which ranks 27th in the league.
    • Pittsburgh has a team batting average of just .236 this season, which ranks 27th among MLB teams.
    • The Pirates have the 23rd-ranked on-base percentage in MLB this season (.312).
    • Pittsburgh ranks 21st in strikeouts per game (8.8) among MLB offenses.
    • In 72 games on the road this season, they’ve hit 80 homers, an average of 1.1 per contest.
    • In 72 road games this season, it is slugging .392 with 224 hits going for extra bases.
    • They are averaging 7.8 base hits per game and batting .229 on the road this season.

    Pirates Key Batters

    • Bryan Reynolds has put up a slugging percentage of .474 and has 144 hits, both team-best numbers for the Pirates. He’s batting .272 and with an on-base percentage of .333.
    • Including all the qualified hitters in the majors, his batting average puts him 41st, his on-base percentage ranks 58th, and he is 37th in slugging.
    • Reynolds hopes to build on a four-game hitting streak in this matchup. During his last five outings he is hitting .333 with two home runs, three walks and six RBI.
    • Ke’Bryan Hayes is hitting .270 with 26 doubles, seven triples, 13 home runs and 27 walks. He’s slugging .446 with an on-base percentage of .310.
    • Including all qualifying hitters, his batting average puts him 48th, his on-base percentage is 110th, and he is 66th in slugging.
    • Jack Suwinski is batting .214 with 20 doubles, a triple, 25 home runs and 70 walks.
    • Connor Joe is hitting .232 with 27 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 46 walks.

    Cubs vs. Pirates Probable Pitchers

    The Pirates have not named a probable pitcher as of September 18, 2023.

    Javier Assad (CHC) Pitcher (PIT)*
    3 – 3 W/L
    95.2 IP
    3.10 ERA
    1.254 WHIP
    6.7 K/9
    3.6 BB/9

    Cubs vs. Pirates Injury Updates

    • Cubs: Jeimer Candelario: 10 Day IL (Back), Michael Fulmer: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Adbert Alzolay: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Brandon Hughes: 60 Day IL (Knee), Nick Burdi: 60 Day IL (Appendicitis), Ethan Roberts: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Codi Heuer: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Nick Madrigal: day-to-day (Hamstring)
    • Pirates: Andrew McCutchen: 10 Day IL (Achilles), Vince Velásquez: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Angel Perdomo: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Tucupita Marcano: 60 Day IL (Knee), Oneil Cruz: 60 Day IL (Ankle), Jarlin García: 60 Day IL (Arm), JT Brubaker: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

    Recent Scores and Betting Lines for the Cubs and Pirates (Last 10 Games)


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