Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago White Sox Free Preview

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The ice-cold Chicago White Sox are trying to avoid losing their fifth consecutive game they play host to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Guaranteed Rate Field. NBC Sports Chicago will showcase this interleague matchup and the game gets going at 2:10 p.m. ET.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago White Sox Odds

Pittsburgh (-125) is coming into this one as the favorite against Chicago (+115) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this one at 9 runs (-110 for the over and -110 for the under). Gamblers can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at Pirates -1.5 runs (+120) and White Sox 1.5 runs (-140).

The Pirates have gone 20-16 SU this year and are 19-16 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 2.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline over the early part of the year and 3.3 units ATS. The White Sox, on the other hand, are 9-24 SU and 16-16 ATS. The teams lost 12.9 units for moneyline bettors and 3.4 units ATS.

White Sox games have an over/under record of 15-15-2 so far in 2018. Pirates games have gone over 17 times, gone under 13 times and pushed on five occasions.

Right-hander Trevor Williams will get the start for the visiting Pirates. Williams is 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 26 strikeouts. He has yet to face the White Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The White Sox are sending righty Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 2.43 ERA) to the mound. Lopez has 25 punchouts and 17 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.22. Lopez did not record a start against the Pirates in 2017.

As a unit, Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 5.6 runs per game overall this season. The clubs starters have a 5.69 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 5.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.58 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

Chicago’s hitters are putting up 4.0 runs per outing, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .256/.298/.476 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that span.

The White Sox offense has been led by Matt Davidson, who is hitting .260/.376/.567 with nine home runs, 19 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Pittsburgh’s pitching staff allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.14 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 7.20 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.23, along with a WHIP of 1.24 and a K/9 of 9.79.

The Pirates offense has slashed .259/.332/.416 on its way to 4.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.9 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.8 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Pittsburgh’s offense has been led by Corey Dickerson, who is slashing .333/.371/.550 with five home runs, 26 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

The Pirates just took the previous game in this series by a score of 10 runs to six.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in three of Pittsburgh’s last seven games.
  • The Pirates have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.
  • Chicago has recorded 21.3 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.8 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have lost eight of their last nine games SU.