Minnesota Twins (10-16) vs Chicago White Sox (8-22)Date : 05/05/2018
Time : 7:10 PM
Location : Guranteed Rate Field
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox return to Guaranteed Rate for a 7:10 first pitch as they will host AL Central rivals in the Minnesota Twins. These two teams were supposed to meet for a 3 game series on 4/12 but the inclement weather only allowed these teams to play one game where Minnesota was able to win.
Minnesota Twins's Latest Performance :
The Minnesota Twins went through a rough patch of games as they found themselves dangling around a double-digit losing streak which caused this team to panic and make some decisions for the better of the team. One of those decisions was to call up the young SP Fernando Romero and they wasted no time in seeing what the kid was made of as they threw him on the mound for a 5/2 start against the Toronto Blue Jays. Romero did not disappoint in his MLB debut as he was able to give the Twins 5.2 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts to rack up the first win of his career as well as a much-needed win for a struggling ball club. The starting pitching has been weak in the back end of things as Lance Lynn and Phil Hughes have a combined ERA of 8.04 so if the Twins are able to add a little better depth to the rotation and give this ballclub another arm it would benefit them in a big way. The good pitching from Romero was able to rub off onto the rest of the pitchers as relievers Zach Duke, Addison Reed, and Fernando Rodney gave the Twins a combined 3 shutout innings where they only gave up 2 hits in a 4 strikeout effort. The Twins are happy that Fernando Rodney was able to pick up another save as he has struggled this year as he only has 3 saves in the 6 opportunities he has had.
Chicago White Sox's Latest Performance :
Most people expected the Chicago White Sox to be in the same exact position that they are in now as they have been playing under the model of “let the young guys play”. The White Sox made it apparent that they wanted to rebuild this team after they traded away their best pitcher in Chris Sale which may have been a good thing for the acquisition of young guys, but the White Sox have been awful in the pitching department this season as they rank in the bottom 5 in team ERA. The White Sox only have 2 pitchers a sub 3.00 ERA and that in starter Reynaldo Lopez and reliever Nate Jones as the duo comes in with a combined 1.64 ERA. The rest of the starting pitching has been nowhere to be found as the next lowest ERA from a starter comes from the arm of Carson Fulmer who has a 4.32 as the rotation outside of Lopez has a 7.28 ERA. On the hitting end of things, the White Sox have received a good effort from Matt Davidson who leads the team with 9 HRs but outside his production, there is not much more brewing in Chi-town. The White Sox young 2B Yoan Moncada has struggled from the plate this season as he is already approaching the 50 strikeout mark and we are just only 30 something games into the season. Moncada is a top of the order product so him striking out 50 times is not a recipe for success in terms of getting guys in position to score.
How Minnesota Twins & Chicago White Sox Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Minnesota is 10-16, 3-9 on the road.
Chicago is 8-20, 2-10 at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Lance Lynn (0-3, 8.37 ERA) for the Minnesota Twins vs. Hector Santiago (0-0, 3.48 ERA) for the Chicago White Sox
Lynn last started on 4/30 against the Blue Jays where he went 5 innings giving up 6 earned runs on 7 hits in a L.
Santiago last started on 4/29 against the Royals where he went 4.2 innings giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits in a ND.
Chicago and Minnesota both rank in the bottom 5 in team runs.
Chicago and Minnesota both rank in the bottom 5 in team ERA.
Against The Spread Selection: Minnesota Twins
My reason for the pick :
Both these teams have not been good this season as they have dropped a wealthy amount of games but this comes to no surprise of White Sox fans and a huge surprise to Twins fans as this team showed so much promise making the playoffs last year. The Twins signed Lance Lynn this past offseason with high expectations as he averaged a 3.06 ERA over his last 3 years, but he hasn’t been good this season. Hopefully, his first month with the ballclub shook him up a little bit and with a new month on paper, he can reset himself. Minnesota still has the same roster as their 2017 playoff team and even though I don’t expect them to return to playoffs I expect a better effort. Minnesota wins on the road.
Betting trends for Minnesota Twins:
- Minnesota is 5-10 in night games this season.
- The under is 3-0 in AL Central games this season.
Betting trends for Chicago White Sox:
- Chicago is 6-15 with no rest this season.
- The over is 5-3-1 as home underdogs this season.