Dylan Cease (5-2, 3.29 ERA) vs. Joe Musgrove (0-4, 6.62 ERA)
The Chicago White Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates will dance for two days in a brief interleague series at PNC Park. The Pirates are a calendar watcher waiting for the season to be over with, while the White Sox are in the midst of a divisional race in the AL Central. The White Sox are hot with five straight wins, including a sweep of the Kansas City Royals over the weekend.
They were anchored by Dallas Keuchel on Sunday. Keuchel went 5 innings with just 2 hits conceded and no runs. He’s been a nice acquisition for the White Sox, and one of the reasons why they’re in a position to win the AL Central.
The White Sox are in a tie with the Cleveland Indians for the lead in the division. And you can’t forget about the Minnesota Twins, who are right on their heels by a game. It should be a close one to finish off the regular season in a few weeks. Any three has the potential to win the division. It’s going to be pretty close.
There is nothing close about where the Pirates are in the NL Central. The Bucs are well behind with a record of 13-26, which puts them in a 9.5-game hole in the division. The NL Central hasn’t really been great at all in 2020, but the Pirates aren’t part of the equation. The Cubs lead with a record of 18-24 going into Tuesday.
It’s time to look towards next season and beyond for the Pirates. Don’t expect a drastic change from the Pirates next season either. It is going to take some time before they compete like they did during the Andrew McCutchen era in Pittsburgh.
Trading for Chris Archer was a dumb move and will likely set them back some. Their pitching staff isn’t any better since that trade. Joe Musgrove is expected to get the starting nod at home, while Dylan Cease countering for the White Sox on the bump. Head below for our free Chicago White Sox vs. Pittsburgh Pirates pick for September 8, 2020.
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There have been several really electric young pitchers in Major League Baseball. One of them includes Dylan Cease of the White Sox. The 24-year-old enters Tuesday with an ERA of 3.29 and 1.34 WHIP through eight games and 41 innings of work.
He’s allowed 3 or fewer runs in all seven of his eight games so far this season. The Indians got to Cease for 4 earned runs in his first start of 2020, but since then he’s been able to settle in nicely. This is after Cease posted an ERA of 5.79 and 1.55 WHIP as a rookie in 2019.
The Pirates are 27th in the majors with 3.95 runs scored per game. This isn’t the most difficult challenge that Cease is going to see this season. Cease should expect to get plenty of run support backing him up on Tuesday night. Joe Musgrove has been struggling to put things together with the Pirates in 2020.
The 27-year-old, who is in his fifth season in the majors, is on pace for his worst season yet. Overall in his career, Musgrove has recorded an ERA of 4.46 and 1.25 WHIP in his career. Musgrove goes into this one with an ERA of 6.62 and 1.64 WHIP. Through 17.2 innings, Musgrove has conceded 18 hits and 13 earned runs. The current White Sox lineup has destroyed Musgrove in his career.
They’re hitting .398 against Musgrove 47 at-bats. They have also connected for 4 home runs and 10 runs. With Musgrove struggling to get into a groove, I fail to see how the White Sox won’t do damage against him tonight. I’m anticipating a big effort for the White Sox offensively. In his previous three tilts, Musgrove has posted a 7.50 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. I’d side with the White Sox on the road at PNC Park.