Pittsburgh; Friday, 4:12 p.m. EDT
: White Sox -137, Pirates +117; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Pittsburgh Pirates open a three-game series at home against the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
Pittsburgh went 62-100 overall and 34-47 at home a season ago. The Pirates pitching staff had a collective 4.66 ERA last season while averaging 7.9 strikeouts and 3.7 walks per nine innings.
Chicago had an 81-81 record overall and a 44-37 record on the road last season. The White Sox averaged 8.9 hits per game in the 2022 season with 2.7 extra base hits per game.
INJURIES: Pirates: Oneil Cruz: day-to-day (face), Austin Hedges: 7-Day IL (concussion), JT Brubaker: 60-Day IL (elbow), Robert Stephenson: 15-Day IL (elbow), Jarlin Garcia: 60-Day IL (arm), Max Kranick: 60-Day IL (elbow)
White Sox: Eloy Jimenez: 10-Day IL (strained hamstring), Matt Foster: 15-Day IL (forearm), Liam Hendriks: 15-Day IL (illness), Garrett Crochet: 15-Day IL (elbow)