Chicago White Sox vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Preview

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The Chicago White Sox will head east to face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. This interleague showdown will get going at 7:05 p.m. ET and fans looking to watch it can tune in to NBC Sports Chicago.

Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

Vegas is listing Pittsburgh (-160) as the favorite over Chicago (+150). Bettors can wager on the games total with odds posted at -110 for over 8 runs and -110 for under 8. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the runline odds standing at White Sox +1.5 runs (-145) and Pirates +-1.5 runs (+125).

The White Sox have gone only 10-27 SU this year and are 18-19 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 14.7 units for moneyline bettors through the early part of the season and 4.7 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Pirates, on the other hand, are 23-17 SU and 21-19 ATS. They’ve gained 4.6 units for moneyline bettors and 3.0 units ATS. Pittsburgh has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven.

Pirates games have an over/under record of 21-14-5 so far in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 19-16-2.

Reynaldo Lopez is getting the start for the visiting White Sox. The right-handed Lopez is 0-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 31 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA against Pittsburgh this year.

The Pirates will turn to righty Trevor Williams (4-2, 3.13 ERA), who’s got 29 strikeouts and 20 walks to his name as well as a 1.17 WHIP. Williams is 0-0 with three strikeouts and a 7.20 ERA against Chicago this year.

Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.8 runs per game and its starters own a 5.78 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 5.83 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.73, along with a WHIP of 1.52.

The White Sox offense has slashed .242/.311/.414 on its way to 4.0 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Chicago’s offense has been powered by Matt Davidson and Jose Abreu, who have combined to belt 18 home runs. Davidson is hitting .261/.383/.591 with 11 home runs, 24 RBIs and 18 runs scored, while Abreu (.284/.350/.489) is up to seven homers, 21 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

For the home team, Pittsburgh’s pitchers have given up 4.5 runs per game overall this year. The teams starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.22, a WHIP of 1.26 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.2. The bullpen has a 4.12 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 10.0 K/9.

Pittsburgh’s offense is putting up 5.0 runs per outing, including 5.5 per game over its last 10 games and 6.6 per game over its last five. The team has hit .308/.383/.558 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Pirates offense has been led by catcher Francisco Cervelli and right fielder Starling Marte. Cervelli is hitting .305/.414/.571 with six home runs, 24 RBIs and 15 runs scored, while Marte’s line is .304/.362/.494 with six homers, 19 RBIs, 29 runs and 10 stolen bases.

Marte performed well against righties at home last year, slashing .374/.447/.565 across 132 such plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of .275/.333/.379).

The White Sox have lost 9.8 units and are 14-14 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 13 of those games, compared to 13 that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Pirates have netted 4.5 units and are 17-16 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 15 of those games, compared to 13 that’ve gone under.

Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates Free MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Pirates, ATS Winner – White Sox, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Pittsburgh has recorded 24.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 27.8 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Pirates have hit 17 over their last 10.