On the evening of May 16, 2024, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to challenge the Chicago Cubs at the iconic Wrigley Field. The first pitch is slated for 7:40 pm under what’s expected to be a sky of overcast clouds.

Pittsburgh will send Jared Jones to the mound, whose ERA stands impressively at 2.681. On the other side, the Cubs will counter with Justin Steele, who carries an ERA of 4.725. In terms of standings within the 2024 NL Central Division, the Pirates are currently 11th with a record of 19-25, struggling with a recent form that includes just 4 wins in the last 10 games and a current losing streak of 2 games. Comparatively, the Cubs are better placed in the 5th spot with a 25-19 record, showing a slightly better form with 5 wins in their last 10 outings and a winning streak of 1.

Turning to the betting odds for this matchup, the Cubs are favored with a point spread of -1.5 and an Over/Under set at 7.5 runs, reflecting expectations of a relatively low-scoring game. The money line offers the Cubs at -134, indicating their advantage on home turf, while the Pirates stand at a +114, suggesting slight underdog status but with a potential for upset. With these odds, bettors will be watching closely, as the outcomes could swing with each pitch.