In the second of a two-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (36-27) and the Chicago White Sox (36-27) at PNC Park, Charlie Morton (4-0, 2.05 ERA) and Jose Quintana (3-6, 4.00 ERA) take the mound. The Pirates won the last game 11-0, extending a five-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 16 and will air on CSN-CHI and ROOT-PIT.
In his most recent outing, Morton pitched 7.1 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out six and walking three in a 2-0 victory over the Brewers. Starling Marte (.284, 35 Rs, 12 HRs, 45 RBIs, 11 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs. The White Sox were also victorious the last time Quintana pitched. He had a good outing, pitching, going 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out three and walking two in a 4-1 victory over the Astros.
Pittsburgh is a -160 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Pirates perform well as a favorite with a 29-15 record and have an overall money line of +332. They are 7-2 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Against the AL, Pittsburgh's offense has been struggling. Pittsburgh has only averaged 2.6 runs per game compared to its 4.0 season average. The Pirates are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 48 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Pittsburgh's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the AL. The Pirates have a team ERA of 2.85, one of the lowest in their league. The Pirates don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fourth in the league with a 1.20 WHIP.
On the other side, the White Sox have a subpar record of 12-20 when they are the underdog and are -719 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 4-6 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-3 record. Chicago has stepped up their play against NL opponents averaging an impressive 5.2 runs per game compared to their 3.6 runs per game season average. The Chicago pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.2 strikeouts per game.
The only other game between the two teams went Pittsburgh's way. The Pirates will take on a left-hander (Quintana) in this game and have a 5-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Morton will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 23-27 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
The Pirates won their last game by an 11-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the White Sox are 0-4. The Pirates are 1-0 in blowouts this season.
For the 12th time this season, the White Sox registered at least two errors in a game.
The White Sox are 4-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Pirates are 2-6 in such matchups.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the White Sox are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Pirates have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 6-27. The Pirates have a 6-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Pittsburgh sits at 24th with 50 home runs this season and Chicago ranks 27th with 45.
Ranking 11th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.26 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.77.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.646). Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .697.
The White Sox are 14-24 when they allow at least one home run. The Pirates perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 9-18 record.