Dallas Keuchel hasn’t faced the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2012, but he’ll have another chance Wednesday in an afternoon matchup. Photo via @whitesox_fanly (Twitter).
- The Chicago White Sox host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a matinee on Wednesday, Aug. 26 (2:10 pm ET)
- Dallas Keuchel makes his first start against the Pirates since 2012
- Check out the article below for odds, analysis, and a pick for the game
It’s tough to imagine that the Chicago White Sox can fare any better against the Pittsburgh Pirates than they did on Tuesday, but they’ll be gunning to continue their dominance and grab a series win in Wednesday’s matchup (first pitch at 2:10 pm ET).
Here’s a look at the White Sox vs. Pirates odds.
Chicago White Sox vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds
|Team||Moneyline||Runline||Over/Under Run Total|
|Chicago White Sox||-230||-1.5 (-118)||Over 9 (-110)|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||+198||+1.5 (+100)||Under 9 (-110)|
Odds as of Aug. 26.
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About Last Night
This White Sox/Pirates series started off with a bang on Tuesday, as Lucas Giolito tossed the first no-hitter of the 2020 season.
He struck out 13 and needed just 101 pitches to finish the job. His only blemish was a four-pitch walk in the fourth inning.
LUCAS GIOLITO DID IT pic.twitter.com/7dFkR2Afdq
— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) August 26, 2020
No team expects to be the victim of a no-hitter, but Pittsburgh is as susceptible to that fate as anyone. The Pirates have the worst team OPS (.626) in the majors, as well as the worst on-base percentage (.277).
White Sox Career Stats vs Williams
Keuchel Faces Old Foe
The last time Dallas Keuchel faced the Pittsburgh Pirates was in 2012, while he was playing for the Houston Astros — and the Pirates were an NL Central rival.
A lot has changed since then, as the Astros now reside in the American League and Keuchel has changed teams a couple of times. So it makes sense that the Pirates’ current roster has only 14 at-bats against him. It bodes well that he has allowed only two hits (.143 average) to that group.
Dallas Keuchel looks real good in White Sox colors 🤩 pic.twitter.com/Tlmmx2KHn7
— Mike (@ChiSoxFanMike) February 16, 2020
More important than Keuchel’s history with Pittsburgh is his performance of late. He has pitched at least into the sixth inning in all six of his 2020 starts, sporting a healthy 4-2 record and 2.65 ERA.
His most recent outing was his best, has Keuchel allowed only one run in eight innings en route to earning the win over the Cubs.
Pirates Career Stats vs Keuchel
|John Ryan Murphy||6||0||0||.333|
Williams Can Hardly Buy a Win
Trevor Williams has an awfully misleading 1-4 record this season. His 3.70 ERA equates to a 122 ERA+ (i.e. 22-percent better than league average), and yet he has been saddled with the loss in 80 percent of his outings.
That’s not fair, but it’s a reality of pitching for the last-place Pirates (7-18) whose impotent offense is truly a headache for the team’s staff.
Williams has allowed no more than three earned runs in any of his starts this year. He has given his team a chance to win, but the Pirates’ hitters haven’t returned the favor. And right now, he could be pitching to impress a potential trade suitor.
Blue Jays Reportedly Considering Trevor Williams, Chad Kuhl https://t.co/szqcvzESwy pic.twitter.com/qRVxabsJHc
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) August 25, 2020
On 14 occasions this year, Pittsburgh has scored just three runs or fewer. Facing a team like the White Sox, who have now won eight of nine and scored more than five runs in eight of those games, it’s likely the Pirates will continue to struggle.
Pick: Chicago White Sox (-230)
Jordan Horrobin is a sports journalist whose MLB, NHL, NFL and NCAA work has appeared in outlets such as The Athletic, MLB.com, the Detroit Free Press and more. He is currently based in Toronto, also working as a contributor for Forbes.com and a freelance editor for Sportsnet.