Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 6-19-23 MLB Picks, Analysis, and Odds

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 6/19/23 – As part of our MLB betting tips, we focus on the highly anticipated matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. These two teams will face off on Monday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Drew Smyly of the Cubs will go up against Osvaldo Bido of the Pirates as starting pitcher.

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Date & Time: Monday, June 19, 2023 at 7:05 PM ET

Location: PNC Park


Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 6/19/23 Betting Odds


Moneyline: -120

Spread: -1.5 (+145)

Total: 9 over (-110)


Moneyline: +100

Spread: +1.5 (-165)

Total: 9 under (-110)

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Analysis

The Chicago Cubs boast a formidable offense in fine form recently. With a batting average of 0.249, the Cubs’ lineup has consistently produced runs, relying on the contributions of key players. They have scored 315 runs and hit 77 home runs, demonstrating their ability to generate offensive firepower. The Cubs’ success can be attributed to their disciplined approach at the plate, as evidenced by their on-base percentage of 0.329 and slugging percentage of 0.398.

Drew Smyly, who has been a reliable presence on the mound, is leading the pitching rotation for the Cubs. With a solid win-loss record of 6-4 and an earned run average of 3.59, Smyly has consistently delivered quality starts for the Cubs. His ability to limit opposing hitters is evident in his WHIP of 1.2, which indicates his effectiveness in preventing base runners. Smyly has also displayed his ability to generate strikeouts, recording 65 over 77.2 innings pitched.

While the Pittsburgh Pirates have faced some struggles recently, evident in their six-game losing streak, their offense has shown potential. The Pirates possess a batting average of 0.246, indicating their ability to make contact and put the ball in play. Although their performance has been inconsistent, the Pirates can score runs, having crossed the plate 298 times this season.

Osvaldo Bido, a relatively inexperienced pitcher in the major leagues, is taking the mound for the Pirates. Bido has made only one start, posting an impressive earned run average of 2.25. While this small sample size suggests promise, it is important to note his relatively high walk rate, as evidenced by his three walks in 4 innings pitched. Bido’s ability to maintain control and limit free passes will be crucial in containing the Cubs’ offense.

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Against the Spread

The Chicago Cubs have consistently played, winning five of their last seven games and eight out of nine encounters against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Furthermore, five out of seven of their games tended to exceed eight runs total – which may account for their success on the road with four of six away wins against them over this span. 

On the other hand, Pittsburgh Pirates have also experienced struggles lately, losing six consecutive games. Yet they have shown resilience at home by winning six out of their last nine matchups and seeing total runs go over in four out of their six last-game matchups; although up against Cubs, this battle may seem formidable; historically, they’ve done better Monday games, with five total runs going over for every Monday game since 2015.

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick

Based on the odds, team performances, and betting trends, the following picks are recommended:

Moneyline: Cubs -120

The Chicago Cubs are favored in this matchup due to their recent success and historical dominance over the Pirates. Their more potent offense and Drew Smyly’s reliability on the mound give them an edge in securing the victory.

Spread: Cubs -1.5 (+145)

With the Cubs’ offensive prowess and the Pirates’ recent struggles, there is a good chance that the Cubs will win by more than one run. This makes the -1.5 run line an attractive pick with favorable odds.

Total: 9 over (-110)

Both teams possess the potential to score runs, as indicated by recent trends. With two capable offenses facing each other, the total runs scored will likely exceed 9, making the over a reasonable pick.

Prediction: 4-6 Chicago Cubs win

The Chicago Cubs enter this matchup as the favorites, backed by their potent offense and reliable starting pitcher. However, it is essential to note that baseball can be unpredictable, and the Pittsburgh Pirates cannot be counted out. As the teams take the field at PNC Park, fans and bettors can anticipate an intriguing battle between these divisional rivals. Analyzing team statistics, starting pitchers, and betting trends provide valuable insights to assist MLB betting analysts in making informed predictions and picks.