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Pirates at White Sox - 8/31/2021

The Pirates start their six-game Windy City road trip tonight.

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Chicago White Sox (76-56) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (48-83), August 31, 2021 @ 8:05 PM ET

Location: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago

TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: 93.7 The Fan

White Sox SB Nation Site: South Side Sox

Projected Starters

Pirates: Bryse Wilson (2-5, 4.35 ERA)

White Sox: Lucas Giolito (9-9, 3.68 ERA)

Probable Starting Lineups (subject to change)


  1. Ben Gamel (LF)
  2. Wilmer Difo (3B)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (CF)
  4. Colin Moran (DH)
  5. Jacob Stallings (C)
  6. Yoshi Tsutsugo (1B)
  7. Kevin Newman (SS)
  8. Hoy Park (2B)
  9. Cole Tucker (RF)

White Sox

  1. Luis Robert (CF)
  2. Yoan Moncada (3B)
  3. Jose Abreu (1B)
  4. Eloy Jimenez (DH)
  5. Yasmani Grandal (C)
  6. Brian Goodwin (RF)
  7. Andrew Vaughn (LF)
  8. Leury Garcia (SS)
  9. Cesar Hernandez (2B)

In roster news, this happened.

As you can see, Park will be getting the start at second base tonight.

As far as the pitching matchup goes, Wilson will be making his fifth start as a Pirate. In 20 innings with Pittsburgh, Wilson has been decent allowing eight earned runs. He has 15 strikeouts to just five walks. In his last start, Wilson was solid as he tossed five scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

For the White Sox, Giolito will take the mound. As we famously remember, Giolito no-hit the Pirates last season. In a start against Pittsburgh earlier this season, he was not quite as great but still effective. In that game, he tossed six innings while allowing two runs. The Pirates ended up winning that game by a score of 6-3.

Looking at the Pirates lineup, a few things caught my attention. Ke’Bryan Hayes is still a no-go after bruising his hand Sunday afternoon. Hopefully, an IL stint is not necessary. Park will be getting the start immediately upon his call-up. Before being sent down to AAA, Park was 0 for his last 20. Tucker is getting the start in right field. This will be his first major league outfield start this season. At the plate, Tucker remains bad as he is 3-24 this season.

Tonight might be a tough one for the ole Pirates. That said, GO BUCS.