An interleague series comes to an end on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, when the Chicago White Sox (26-16) visit the Pittsburgh Pirates (14-26) for the final game of their two-game series. Chicago is tied with Cleveland atop the AL Central and are half a game above third place Minnesota. Pittsburgh is at the bottom of the NL Central and are 6.5 games back of that second playoff spot. This game will air live on FS1 at 7:05 p.m. EST.
This series got underway Tuesday with a walk off 5-+4 win for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The White Sox jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning and were leading 4-2 heading into the top of the eighth, but the Pirates never quit. Two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning tied it up and then a walk off fielder’s choice by Kevin Newman secure the win for Pittsburgh.
Below is my pick for the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates. All odds are from PointsBet Sportsbook.
Chicago White Sox (-170) at Pittsburgh Pirates (+148)
Pitching Matchup: Dane Dunning (0-0, 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) vs JT Brubaker (1-0, 3.96 ERA, 1.44 WHIP)
Dane Dunning is set to make his fourth start of the 2020 season and will look to continue his consistent start. Dunning has alternated performances, giving up three runs in his first and third starts, and giving up no runs in his middle start. The rookie will look to continue keeping the White Sox in games.
JT Brubaker is ready to make his eighth appearance, and sixth start, looking to continue his very strong form. Brubaker has not given up more than two earned runs in three straight starts and is coming off a performance that saw him hold the Chicago Cubs to seven hits and one earned run (two runs given up) in five innings pitched. The righty has not given up more than three earned runs in any appearance this season.
Shortstop Tim Anderson and first baseman Jose Abreu have been lights out for Chicago this season as they lead them in all major offensive categories. Anderson leads the Sox with a .353 batting average, .390 on base percentage, and a .986 OPS. Anderson is third in the majors, and second in the AL, in batting average. Abreu leads the team with a .610 slugging percentage, 13 home runs, and 40 RBI’s. The 40 RBI’s are the most in the MLB this season.
The Pirates have been led by Erik Gonzalez and Colin Moran at the dish this season as those two players are leading the way in all major categories. Gonzalez, the shortstop, leads the team with a .288 batting average and 19 RBI’s. Moran, the first baseman, leads with a .344 on base percentage, .500 slugging, and .844 OPS. Colin Moran also has a team high seven home runs.
MLB Predictions: This should be a pretty good game and I am going to back the Chicago White Sox to get the series split.
2020 Picks Record: 48-32