Steven Brault (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. Lucas Giolito (2-2, 3.89 ERA)
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox will open a brief two-game interleague series on Tuesday at Guarantee Rate Park. The White Sox are in the thick of a tight battle in the AL Central with the Cleveland Indians.
It could go either way at this point. The popular bet will be with the Twins, who currently lead the AL Central by 2.5 games over the White Sox and Indians. The White Sox and Indians are tied with a record of 17-12, while the Twins advanced to 20-10 with a 3-2 win in Cleveland on Monday.
The Pirates don’t have to worry about a postseason race in 2020. They’re dead last in the NL Central with a record of 7-17. The Cubs are clear of the Pirates by 9 games, so that ship has sailed. It sailed far away before the season even started. Cincinnati is the closest team to Pittsburgh with a record of 11-16.
It’s unlikely the Reds regress that far into last. Expect to find the Bucs in the same position they are in now at the end of the season, despite the Reds underperforming in 2020. Another solid day by Trevor Bauer went to waste in Milwaukee yesterday. In any case, give a lot of credit to the Pirates for their effort against the Brewers over the weekend.
They swept the Brew Crew at PNC Park for three straight wins. No one saw that coming, but even the worst of teams will wake up and have themselves a series. The Pirates will have to keep things rolling into September if they expect to get back to a level of respectability, though. They’ve put themselves too far behind early in the season to make a late postseason push, nor do they have the talent for it.
Steven Brault, who has been a pleasant surprise for the Pirates in 2020, has a tough matchup with Lucas Giolito on the other side for the White Sox. Giolito is coming off his best performance of the season. Head below for our free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago White Sox pick for August 25, 2020.
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The Pirates have been getting fairly nice production out of Steven Brault this season. He hasn’t been phenomenal or anything, but considering what he was able to do in his first four seasons, this has been pretty good for him. However, there is still plenty of time for him to hit a wall and go back to the usual.
In his first four years in the major leagues, Brault notched an ERA of 4.86, 4.67, 4.61, and 5.16. He heads into Tuesday with a 3.00 ERA and 1.08 WHIP through four games and 12 innings. Opponents are hitting just .154 against Brault. However, I don’t know if I’m sold on Brault yet.
He’s only been out there for 12 innings. That’s not an ample sample size to move the meter for me. He is coming off a very good outing against the Indians through 5 innings. Brault yielded just 2 hits and no runs. Brault will likely need to be close to perfect again for the Bucs to keep up with Lucas Giolito. Giolito got his feet underneath him recently following a poor game against the Cardinals.
Giolito went 7 innings versus the Tigers and allowed 3 hits and no runs. Sure, it’s only the Tigers, but they haven’t been swinging the bats too badly in 2020. Giolito brought his ERA down to 3.89 and WHIP to 1.24 with the performance on August 20. The Pirates don’t pose the biggest threat to Giolito in this one.
They’re 23rd in the majors with 4.25 runs per game as opposed to 9th for the White Sox offense. I could see the Pirates having a letdown after the success they had over the weekend against the Brewers. Brault should be able to keep the Pirates close early in this one, but expect the White Sox to pull away in the later stages on Tuesday night.