Cubs vs. Pirates Probable Starting Pitchers Today – May 16

The Chicago Cubs (25-19) and Pittsburgh Pirates (19-25) clash in the first of a four-game series on Thursday at Wrigley Field, at 7:40 PM ET. The Cubs are coming off a series defeat to the Braves, and the Pirates a series loss to the Brewers.

The probable pitchers are Justin Steele for the Cubs and Jared Jones (2-4) for the Pirates.

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Cubs vs. Pirates Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • Time: 7:40 PM ET
  • TV: MARQ
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Venue: Wrigley Field
  • Live Stream: Fubo
  • Probable Pitchers: Steele – CHC (0-0, 4.73 ERA) vs Jones – PIT (2-4, 2.68 ERA)

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Cubs Probable Starting Pitcher Today: Justin Steele

  • The Cubs’ Steele (0-0) will make his fourth start of the season.
  • The left-hander’s last start was on Saturday, when he tossed four innings while giving up six earned runs on six hits in a matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • The 28-year-old has pitched in three games this season with an ERA of 4.73, a 2.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.200.

Justin Steele vs. Pirates

  • The Pirates rank 26th in MLB with 163 runs scored this season. They have a .223 batting average this campaign with 40 home runs (20th in the league).
  • This season, the left-hander has pitched against the Pirates in one game, and they have gone 6-for-18 with three home runs and six RBI over four innings.

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Pirates Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Jared Jones

  • Jones gets the start for the Pirates, his ninth of the season. He is 2-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings pitched.
  • The right-hander’s most recent time out was on Friday against the Chicago Cubs, when he tossed six innings, surrendering two earned runs while giving up seven hits.
  • In eight games this season, the 22-year-old has an ERA of 2.68, with 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are hitting .198 against him.
  • Jones is looking to build on a second-game quality start streak in this outing.
  • Jones is aiming for his ninth straight appearance lasting five or more innings. He averages 5.9 frames per start.
  • He has held his opponents without an earned run in two of his eight appearances this season.
  • Among qualifying pitchers in MLB action this season, the 22-year-old ranks 20th in ERA (2.68), fifth in WHIP (.872), and ninth in K/9 (10.7).

Jared Jones vs. Cubs

  • He meets a Cubs offense that ranks 10th in the league with 202 total runs scored while batting .237 as a unit. His opponent has a collective .389 slugging percentage (14th in MLB play) and has hit a total of 46 home runs (11th in the league).
  • Jones has a 3.00 ERA and a 1.5 WHIP against the Cubs this season in six innings pitched, allowing a .280 batting average over one appearance.
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