White Sox vs Pirates Prediction - MLB Picks 4/8/23

Pittsburgh Pirates (5-2) vs Chicago White Sox (3-5)

Game Info: Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

Vince Velasquez (0-1) (5.79) vs Mike Clevinger (1-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +110 / Chicago White Sox -130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago White Sox will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 2 of their series at PNC Park on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

White Sox Preview

The Chicago White Sox are 3-5 this season and have lost three of their last four games. The Chicago pitching staff has a 7.70 ERA, a 1.87 WHIP, and a .298 opponent batting average this season. The White Sox offense has scored 41 runs with a .287 batting average and a .339 on base percentage. Luis Robert is batting .361 with four home runs and eight RBI’s for the White Sox. The projected starting pitcher for Chicago is Mike Clevinger, who is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 5.0 innings pitched this year. 

Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 5-2 this season after they won Game 1 of this series by a score of 13-9 on Friday. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.28 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a .226 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 36 runs with a .253 batting average and a .326 on base percentage this year. Bryan Reynolds is batting .448 with five home runs and 13 RBI’s for the Pirates. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Vince Velasquez, who is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 4.2 innings pitched this season. 

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Chicago is 2-5 in their last 7 game two’s of a series and 13-4 in their last 17 games against the NL Central. The over is 6-0 in Chicago’s last 6 games. Pittsburgh is 16-35 in their last 51 game two’s of a series and 5-1 in their last 6 home games. The under is 10-4 in Pittsburgh’s last 14 Saturday games. Chicago is 2-7 in these two teams last 9 head to head meetings in Pittsburgh.


Pittsburgh has started the season playing very well, which was not expected to happen, while Chicago has really struggled with their pitching. The White Sox have allowed at least 12 runs in three of their last four games, but will have Mike Clevinger on the mound for this one. Clevinger pitched great in his first outing of the year against Houston. Pittsburgh will have Vince Velasquez on the mound, who allowed three runs over 4.2 innings pitched against Cincinnati in his first start. I think we are going to see another high scoring game here, so I like the over. 

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