Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 8/25/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Pirates (+176) White Sox (-192)
Bryan Reynolds and the Pittsburgh Pirates (7-17, 5th in NL Central) go to Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday where they'll take on the Chicago White Sox (17-12, 3rd in AL Central). The White Sox open this game at -192 while the Pirates are priced at +176. The O/U has been set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Steven Brault and Lucas Giolito.
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
8/23/2020 Joe Musgrove SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/23/2020 Kyle Crick RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
8/23/2020 Kevin Newman SS Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/23/2020 Keone Kela RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/23/2020 Colin Moran DH Concussion Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/19/2020 Mitch Keller SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/19/2020 Phillip Evans 3B Jaw Out for the season
8/18/2020 Yacksel Rios RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/11/2020 Clay Holmes RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
8/23/2020 Aaron Bummer RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/18/2020 Carlos Rodon SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
8/17/2020 Nick Madrigal 2B Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
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
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 7-17 overall record this season. Brault has pitched in 285 innings and has accumulated 243 punchouts in his MLB career. His earned run average is 4.80 (152 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.547. He has surrendered 293 base hits (9.3 hits per nine innings) with 148 free passes. Brault (11-12 win-loss mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.77 while going up against 1,293 hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.48 and they have given up 105 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .207 against the bullpen and they've struck out 126 hitters and walked 67 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 5.05. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 196 base hits and 121 earned runs. They have allowed 34 home runs this season, ranking them 18th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 113 batters and struck out 222. They have walked 4.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit is 4.94.
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As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .229, good for 23rd in the league. The Pirates hold a .360 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .285, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 7.8 hits per game. Bryan Reynolds is hitting .220 with an on-base percentage of .304. He has 18 hits this season in 82 at bats with 7 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .390 and an OPS+ of 89. Adam Frazier is hitting .200 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .240. He has totaled 19 hits and he has driven in 9 men in 95 at bats. His OPS+ is 59 while his slugging percentage is at .347. The Pirates have 186 hits, including 31 doubles and 24 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 61 times so far this season and they have struck out 214 times as a unit. They have left 130 men on base and have a team OPS of .645. They score 4.25 runs per contest and have scored a total of 102 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 17-12 overall mark this year. Giolito (29-28 win-loss record in his career) has a 4.55 earned run average and has allowed 7.6 hits per 9 innings. His SO/W ratio is 2.37 and he has gone up against 1,902 hitters thus far in his career. During his pro baseball career, Giolito has given up 381 base hits while accumulating 443 punchouts in 451 frames. He has surrendered 228 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.259 and having a FIP of 4.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.68 and they have given up 98 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 121 batters and walked 38 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.79. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 227 base knocks and 107 earned runs this season. They have given up 29 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 91 hitters and struck out 249 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 3.89.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 2nd in the league. The White Sox hold a .481 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. José Abreu comes into this matchup batting .322 with an OBP of .365. He has 38 hits this year along with 28 RBI in 118 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .669 with an OPS+ of 177. Luis Robert is hitting .265 this season and he has an OBP of .321. He has collected 26 hits in 98 at bats while driving in 17 runs. He has an OPS+ of 132 and a slugging percentage of .541. The White Sox as a unit have 264 base hits, including 45 doubles and 55 homers. Chicago has walked 80 times this year and they have struck out on 278 occasions. They have had 193 men left on base and have an OPS of .807. They have scored 5 runs per game and totaled 145 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the White Sox (-192) and over the total runs
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