Chicago White Sox vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 9/8/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago White Sox vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: White Sox (-157) Pirates (+145)
Luis Robert and the Chicago White Sox (26-15, 1st in AL Central) travel to PNC Park on Tuesday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Pirates (13-26, 5th in NL Central). The White Sox open this matchup at -157 while the Pirates are priced at +145. The O/U has been set at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Dylan Cease and Joe Musgrove.
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
9/6/2020 Jace Fry RP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 13
9/6/2020 Dallas Keuchel SP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
9/5/2020 Carlos Rodon SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/5/2020 Aaron Bummer RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
8/30/2020 Gio Gonzalez SP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/15/2020 Leury Garcia SS Thumb Out for the season
8/3/2020 Jimmy Lambert RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 14
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
9/6/2020 Anthony Alford CF Elbow Out for the season
9/6/2020 Austin Davis RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 9
9/5/2020 Keone Kela RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 14
9/2/2020 Mitch Keller SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 14
8/25/2020 Yacksel Rios RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
8/19/2020 Phillip Evans 3B Jaw Out for the season
8/11/2020 Clay Holmes RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
8/6/2020 Michael Feliz RP Forearm Out for the season
8/6/2020 Nick Burdi RP Elbow Out for the season
7/23/2020 Luke Maile C Finger Out for the season
6/30/2020 Kevin Kramer RF Hip Out for the season
6/30/2020 Chris Archer SP Shoulder Out for the season
2/13/2020 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The White Sox have a 26-15 overall record this season. Cease (9-9 record in his career) has earned a FIP of 5.60 while facing 502 hitters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 4.89 (62 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.474. He has surrendered 113 hits (8.9 hits per nine innings) and has had 55 walks. Cease has taken the hill for 114 innings and is sitting with 109 strikeouts during his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.07 and they have given up 147 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .213 against the bullpen and they've struck out 174 hitters and walked 60 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.74. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 318 base hits and 150 earned runs. They have allowed 44 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 137 batters and struck out 368. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.26 and their FIP as a unit is 3.95.
As a team Chicago is hitting .269, good for 2nd in the league. The White Sox hold a .472 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.3 hits per game. Luis Robert is hitting .266 with an on-base percentage of .333. He has 38 hits this season in 143 at bats with 27 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .552 and an OPS+ of 137. Eloy Jimenez is hitting .281 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .315. He has totaled 43 hits and he has driven in 30 men in 153 at bats. His OPS+ is 130 while his slugging percentage is at .549. The White Sox have 381 hits, including 70 doubles and 71 home runs. Chicago has walked 122 times so far this season and they have struck out 378 times as a unit. They have left 279 men on base and have a team OPS of .805. They score 5.32 runs per contest and have scored a total of 218 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Thus far in his career, Musgrove has surrendered 475 hits while he has earned 431 K's in 474 innings pitched. He has allowed a total of 235 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.248 and having a FIP of 4.0. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.68 and he has faced 2,002 opposing batters so far in his pro baseball career. Musgrove (28-37 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a 4.46 ERA while conceding 9.0 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.52 and they have given up 147 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .197 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 182 batters and walked 88 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.83. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 312 base knocks and 183 earned runs this season. They have given up 58 home runs this year, which ranks 8th in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 169 hitters and struck out 342 batters. They give up a walk 4.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.41 while their FIP as a staff is 5.05.
As a team, they are batting .223, good for 27th in the league. The Pirates hold a .350 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .286, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 7.4 hits per contest. Bryan Reynolds comes into this matchup batting .192 with an OBP of .281. He has 23 hits this year along with 12 RBI in 120 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .342 with an OPS+ of 68. Adam Frazier is hitting .234 this season and he has an OBP of .303. He has collected 33 hits in 141 at bats while driving in 15 runs. He has an OPS+ of 74 and a slugging percentage of .340. The Pirates as a unit have 288 base hits, including 49 doubles and 35 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 112 times this year and they have struck out on 346 occasions. They have had 229 men left on base and have an OPS of .637. They have scored 3.95 runs per game and totaled 154 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the White Sox (-157)
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