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Cubs vs. Pirates odds, line, prediction: 2022 MLB picks, Friday, April 22 best bets from proven model

National League Central rivals collide in the second match of a four-game series when the Pittsburgh Pirates (6-7) go on the road to battle the Chicago Cubs (6-7) on Friday afternoon. Pittsburgh snapped its three-game skid and beat Chicago 4-3 on Thursday evening. On the other side, that was Chicago’s third loss in a row. Jose Quintana (0-1, 3.86) is starting for Pittsburgh, while Drew Smyly (1-0, 0.00) is on the hill for Chicago. 

First pitch is set for 2:20 p.m. ET. Chicago is the -175 money-line favorite (risk 175 to win $100) in the latest Pirates vs. Cubs odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Pittsburgh is a +155 underdog. The over-under for total runs scored is 7.5. Before making Cubs vs. Pirates picks, you need to check out the latest MLB predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The model, which simulates every MLB game 10,000 times, is off to a sizzling start to the 2022 season. It’s on a 14-4 roll on top-rated MLB money-line picks through two weeks, returning over $800 for $100 players. Anyone following it has seen huge returns. 

Now, the model has locked in on Cubs vs. Pirates, and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the MLB odds and trends for Pirates vs. Cubs:

  • Cubs vs. Pirates money line: Chicago -175, Pittsburgh +155
  • Cubs vs. Pirates run-line: Chicago -1.5 (+125)
  • Cubs vs. Pirates over-under: 7.5 runs
  • PIT: Under is 5-0-2 in Pirates’ last seven games as underdogs
  • CHC: Cubs are 5-2 in their last seven games as home favorites

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Why you should back the Cubs

Center fielder Ian Happ is a pure hitter with great hands and solid instincts at the plate. Happ is a switch hitter who makes consistent contact. The 27-year-old has a batting average of .316 with six runs batted in. The Pennsylvania native has recorded a hit in five of his last eight games.

Right fielder Seiya Suzuki has been red-hot to start the league. Suzuki has a smooth and compact swing that can hit for power and contact. He’s been able to drive the baseball all over the diamond. Suzuki is leading the team in batting average (.343), home runs (4), RBI (12), and on-base percentage (.520). On April 18, he went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. 

Why you should back the Pirates

First baseman Daniel Vogelbach has plenty of power and pop in his swing. Vogelbach has run-producing upside with good pitch recognition. The 2019 All-Star can drive the ball to all gaps on the field. Vogelbach has a batting average of .316 with three home runs and five RBIs. On April 19, he went 1-for-4 with a solo homer.

Third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes is a reliable and stout defender in the infield. Hayes makes quick reads with good lateral quickness to make difficult plays. He has a strong arm to deliver the baseball across the diamond with velocity. The 25-year-old is aggressive in the batters’ box and consistently gets on base. He currently has a batting average of .333 with four RBIs, and an on-base percentage of .822.

How to make Pirates vs. Cubs picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the run total, as the simulation suggests the teams will combine for 9.7 runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine

So who wins Cubs vs. Pirates? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side to jump on, all from the advanced model that has crushed its top-rated MLB picks, and find out.

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