Chi. Cubs Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Picks and Predictions May 17th 2024

Chi. Cubs Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Fri, May 17, 14:20 pm.
Chi. Cubs Cubs
ML: 100
Pittsburgh Pirates
ML: -120

Pirates Rookie Paul Skenes Gets Rematch with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs formerly showed they are n’t bullied by Pittsburgh Pirates’ largely touted prospect Paul Skenes. After roughing him up in his major league debut, the Cubs are set to face the 21- year-old right- hander again on Friday as they continue a four- game series against the visiting Pirates.

Paul Skenes’ Major League Debut

Original Performance and Learning Experience

In his major league debut, Skenes( 0- 0,6.75 ERA) struck out seven and walked two over four- plus innings, allowing three runs and six hits. Despite the rocky start, the Pirates rallied for a wild 10- 9 victory. Pirates manager Derek Shelton remains auspicious about Skenes’ eventuality.” I suppose he will learn from Saturday’s start and be suitable to make off it,” Shelton said.” But overall, the stuff is really good.”

Cubs’ Offensive Struggles

When Skenes first faced the Cubs, they were in the middle of an obnoxious surge, scoring 21 runs in a three- game set. Since also, the Cubs’ bats have cooled off, scoring just 11 runs across four games and getting shut out doubly.

Chicago Cubs’ Recent Performance

Ian Happ’s Mental Reset

The Cubs fell 5- 4 in the series nature on Thursday but saw a positive sign in left fielder Ian Happ. After sitting out two games to mentally reset, Happ hit a single home run. Cubs manager Craig Counsell hopes this break will continue to pay off.” It’s not a new strategy by any means,” Counsell said of the internal break.” In this case, it was just,’ Sit back and watch and get a little perspective, and also regroup and go after it.'”

Pitching Matchup Preview

Kyle Hendricksvs. Paul Skenes

Cubs right- hander Kyle Hendricks( 0- 3,10.04 ERA) is listed to make his seventh start of the season. After floundering in his first five outings, Hendricks showed enhancement with five innings of one- run ball against the Pirates on Sunday. He’s 9- 13 with a3.54 ERA in 30 career starts against Pittsburgh.

Skenes, theNo. 1 overall pick of the 2023 draft, will look to secure his first big- league win. His debut showed flashes of implicit with seven strikeouts, and Shelton believes Friday is the right day for him to get that win.

Crucial Player perceptivity

Nick Gonzales’ Hitting Streak

Pittsburgh infielder Nick Gonzales can extend his hitting streak to five games against Hendricks and the Cubs. The 24- year-old rookie has been emotional since being recalled from Triple- A Indianapolis on May 10, hitting safely in five of six starts and homering in Thursday’s win.” It’s instigative,” Gonzales said.” A testament to hard work, putting my faith in these guys and the hitting trainers and everyone. I have been working hard, and it’s nice for it to show up.”


As Paul Skenes and the Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep their instigation going, the Chicago Cubs will aim to answer and find some thickness. With both teams featuring arising talents and educated veterans, this game promises to be an interesting matchup in the ongoing series.

Docsports, The most trusted name in sports handicapping
Thu, May 16, 23:14 pm.
Chi. Cubs Cubs
O 7.5
Pittsburgh Pirates
U 7.5
Marco D'Angelo | Handicapper

Free Picks found on WagerTalk. Marco D’Angelo is part of the WagerTalk Group.

Marco D’Angelo has been a professional sports handicapper and bettor since 1980.

#1 Baseball
Last 7 days
Last 3 days
Last 30 days