After blowing the Bear cubs (57-75) Sunday to finish 5-1 in the Crosstown Series, the White Sox (76-56) are back tonight. It will be the first in a two-game series against the Pirates (48-83), which can be found in the basement of NL Central.
Lucas Giolito (3.68 ERA, 3.36 xERA, 3.88 FIP, 3.1 fWAR) will set off on the mound for the South Siders. It was another good season for Giolito, who warmed up in the second half. As of the All-Star Game, Giolito has a 2.70 ERA, and opposing hitters have a slash line of just 0.206 / 0.249 / 0.383 at that time. The last time Giolito faced off against the Pirates, there was a historic moment in front of an empty stadium. You may remember it.
Bryse Wilson, a 23-year-old right-hander, was a helpful player for a struggling Pittsburgh team. Wilson (5.03 ERA, 5.26 xERA, 4.93 FIP if we include his performance from a suspended game on July 21 that was not completed) racked up 0.3 fWAR in 53 2??3 sleeves. Wilson uses five throws, which are the four-seam fastball (which he throws 41.7% of the time), lead (20.7%), shift (20.7%), curveball (10, 8%) and the slider (6.2%).
Here are the starting compositions for tonight:
Earlier this afternoon, the White Sox made the following announcement:
Ahead of tonight’s series opener against Pittsburgh, the #WhiteSox placed all-star right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Aug. 29) with right knee inflammation and recalled class AAA Charlotte infielder Danny Mendick.
– Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 31, 2021
Hopefully Lynn recovers quickly and is at the top of her game in October. He has arguably been the team’s MVP this season.
With Lynn on the injured list, Reynaldo López will enter the starting rotation for now. López has provided reliable help from the relieving box this season, so hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.
NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast the game on television, while WMVP 1000 AM will provide radio coverage. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Central. Let’s do it.