White Sox Game Notes For Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh
* The White Sox are 9-3 all-time at home against the Pirates, while shutting Pittsburgh out twice over their last three meetings in Chicago.
* The Pirates’ pitching staff has put up 30 straight scoreless innings and earned five shutouts in the team’s last six games. The Pirates have shut out three consecutive opponents for the first time since October 1976. The last time the Pirates shut out four straight opponents was May 17-21, 1972.
* Chicago’s NHL team, the Blackhawks, won the Stanley Cup on Monday night. After the Hawks won in 2010, the White Sox won 26 of their next 31 games. After the Hawks won in 2013, the White Sox lost 27 of their next 36 games.
* The White Sox have allowed the most first-inning runs this season (53), and have scored an MLB-low 19 first-inning runs this season. The Pirates, meanwhile, have allowed just 22 runs in the first inning – tied with the Giants for the fewest in the majors.
* Since the 2013 season, Andrew McCutchen is hitting .368 (57/155) in interleague play – the highest average of any National Leaguer (minimum 100 PA).
* Jose Abreu, who has scored at least one run in a season-high four straight home games, has hit a home run in back-to-back home games for the second time this season (also April 21-22).