Cubs vs. Pirates Probable Starting Pitchers Today – May 18

Andrew McCutchen brings a two-game homer streak into the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ (21-25) game against the Chicago Cubs (25-21) at 2:20 PM ET on Saturday, at Wrigley Field.

The probable starters are Shota Imanaga (5-0) for the Cubs and Bailey Falter (2-2) for the Pirates.

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Cubs vs. Pirates Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • Time: 2:20 PM ET
  • TV: MARQ
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Venue: Wrigley Field
  • Live Stream: Fubo
  • Probable Pitchers: Imanaga – CHC (5-0, 0.96 ERA) vs Falter – PIT (2-2, 4.15 ERA)

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Cubs Probable Starting Pitcher Today: Shota Imanaga

  • The Cubs will hand the ball to Imanaga (5-0) for his ninth start of the season.
  • The left-hander’s last appearance was on Monday, when he threw five scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves while allowing seven hits.
  • The 30-year-old has pitched to a 0.96 ERA this season with 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 1.5 walks per nine across eight games.
  • In eight starts this season, he’s earned five quality starts.
  • Imanaga has six starts in a row of five innings or more.
  • He has made eight appearances and finished five of them without allowing an earned run.
  • Among qualified pitchers this season, the 30-year-old’s 0.96 ERA ranks first, .943 WHIP ranks seventh, and 9.8 K/9 ranks 17th.

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Pirates Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Bailey Falter

  • Falter (2-2) gets the starting nod for the Pirates in his ninth start of the season. He’s put together a 4.15 ERA in 43 1/3 innings pitched, with 27 strikeouts.
  • The left-hander’s most recent appearance was on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs, when he went six innings, surrendering two earned runs while allowing five hits.
  • The 27-year-old has an ERA of 4.15, with 5.6 strikeouts per nine innings in eight games this season. Opposing hitters have a .215 batting average against him.
  • Falter is trying to record his fourth quality start of the year in this matchup.
  • Falter will aim to go five or more innings for his eighth straight start. He’s averaging 5.4 innings per outing.
  • He has had one outing this season that he kept his opponents to zero earned runs.

Bailey Falter vs. Cubs

  • He will take the mound against a Cubs squad that is batting .234 as a unit (18th in the MLB). They are also slugging a collective .385 (16th in the league) with 48 total home runs (10th in MLB play).
  • Falter has thrown six innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits while striking out one against the Cubs this season.
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