White Sox vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Saturday, April 8, 2023

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White Sox vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, April 8, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Chicago White Sox (3-5) and Luis Robert (2 HR in his last game) are favored (-124) on the moneyline for their matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates (5-2) on Saturday at 6:35 PM ET on SportsNet PT.

Chicago’s Mike Clevinger and Pittsburgh’s Vince Velasquez have been named the starters for this contest.

White Sox vs. Pirates Odds

  • White Sox odds to win: -124
  • Pirates odds to win: +104
  • Spread: White Sox -1.5
  • Total: 8.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023
  • Time: 6:35 PM ET
  • TV: SportsNet PT

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White Sox and Pirates Betting Trends

The White Sox have gone 1-3 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 25% of those games).

Chicago has gone 1-3 (winning only 25% of its games) when playing as moneyline favorites of -124 or shorter.

The Pirates have won five of the seven games they’ve played as underdogs this season.

This season, Pittsburgh has won five of its seven games when it’s the underdog by at least +104 on the moneyline.

In the eight games in which oddsmakers have set an over/under for the White Sox, they have combined with opponents to go over the total seven times (7-1-0).

Games involving the Pirates have gone over the total set by bookmakers in three of seven chances this season.

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White Sox Stats & Insights

The White Sox are the sixth-highest scoring team in baseball, averaging 5.1 runs per game (41 total).

Chicago is eighth-best in baseball with 10 total home runs.

The White Sox’s .287 batting average is second-best in the majors.

Chicago’s 8.5 strikeouts per game rank 20th in baseball.

The White Sox pitching staff is fourth in the majors with a collective 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

Chicago’s 7.70 team ERA ranks last among all MLB pitching staffs.

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Pirates Stats & Insights

The Pirates have scored the 12th-most runs in the league this season with 36 (5.1 per game).

Pittsburgh’s 10 home runs rank eighth in Major League Baseball.

The Pirates’ .253 batting average ranks 12th in the league this season.

Pittsburgh ranks 14th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 8.9 Ks per contest.

The Pirates strike out 8.7 batters per nine innings as a pitching staff, 16th in MLB.

Pittsburgh pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.28 ERA this year, which ranks 13th in MLB.

White Sox Key Players to Watch

Clevinger (1-0) takes the mound for the White Sox to make his second start this season.

Robert leads Chicago in home runs (four) and runs batted in (eight) this season while batting .361.

Tim Anderson has collected 12 hits this season and has an OBP of .389. He’s slugging .471 on the year.

Yoan Moncada leads Chicago with a .400 batting average while slugging two homers and driving in five runs.

Andrew Vaughn is batting .231 with an OBP of .375 and a slugging percentage of .385 this season.

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Pirates Key Players to Watch

The Pirates’ Velasquez will make his second start of the season.

Bryan Reynolds paces the Pirates in home runs (five), runs batted in (13) and has racked up a team-best batting average of .448.

Oneil Cruz is batting .269 with a double, a home run and five walks.

Ji-Hwan Bae is hitting .304 with two doubles, a home run and a walk.

Carlos Santana is batting .185 with a double, two home runs and four walks.

White Sox and Pirates Injuries

White Sox: Eloy Jiménez: 10 Day IL (Strained hamstring), Liam Hendriks: 15 Day IL (Illness), Garrett Crochet: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Matt Foster: 15 Day IL (Forearm)

Pirates: Robert Stephenson: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Jarlin García: 60 Day IL (Arm), Max Kranick: 60 Day IL (Elbow), JT Brubaker: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Austin Hedges: 7 Day IL (Concussion)

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White Sox vs. Pirates Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Pirates 6, White Sox 3
  • Total Prediction: Over 8.5 runs
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    Matt is from the Chicagoland area and has been working in Chicago sports since 2015 with stops at WGN Radio, the Chicago Blackhawks, Stadium, and NBC Sports Chicago prior to landing at Betsperts. Matt covers just about everything for Betsperts and Bleacher Nation but focuses on the NHL and college football.