Chicago White Sox (18-38) vs Minnesota Twins (25-20)Date : 06/06/2018
Time : 8:10 PM
Location : Target Field
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Chicago White Sox vs Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins are set to return back to Target Field for game 3 of a 4 game home series against their AL Central rival in the Chicago White Sox, first pitch is slated for 8:10 PM ET. After this series, these two teams will meet again later in the month when Minnesota travels to Chicago on 6/26 for a 3 game series.
Chicago White Sox's Latest Performance :
Pitchers Hold Up
The Chicago White Sox are one of the worst teams in baseball as they are more than 20 games below .500 which has prompted the struggling franchise to unleash all of their young players and see where they stand in their rebuild. The White Sox were able to close out their latest series against the Milwaukee Brewers on a high-note as they didn’t only receive a great game from their shaky pitching staff but they put up enough runs to pick up a 6-1 win. Chicago elected to start 2nd-year pitcher Dylan Covey who had an excellent outing in only his 4th start of the season where he went 5 shutout innings while striking out 7 guys which has his ERA sitting at a pretty 2.82. The White Sox excellent pitching didn’t stop at Covey as the combination of Luis Avilan, Chris Volstad, Joakim Soria, Jace Frye, and Chris Beck went the remaining 4 innings without being responsible for an earned run as well as held the Brewers to only 2 hits. The bats for the White Sox were solid as they were able to drive in 6 runs on 7 hits against one of the top pitching teams in baseball. Daniel Palka came into the game as a pinch-hitter and the rookie didn’t fail as he was able to hit his 6th HR of his career in the bottom of the 6th inning. The White Sox also showed the ability to win convincingly without very much production from their better players as Tim Beckham and Jose Abreu went 1 for 8 from the plate and Matt Davidson had the day off.
Minnesota Twins's Latest Performance :
The Minnesota Twins have been one of the biggest disappointments in baseball this year as they went from a 2017 playoff team to 3rd place in arguably the weakest division in the MLB, but things may be looking up for the Twins after they rattled off 3 straight wins to close out their latest series against the Indians. The Twins ended their series on 6/3 with a bang as they won 7-5 but it didn’t come easy as they needed a walk-off HR to pick up the win. Eddie Rosario has been amazing for the Twins this year as the 26-year-old leads the team in HRs, RBIs, and batting average, and he backed that up in his latest matchup against the Indians. Rosario went 3 for 5 from the plate but all three hits were HRs and his last one was the most important as he hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th which was his 13th of the year. The Twins bats didn’t stop there as Brian Dozier also connected on a ball in the 7th inning which is his 9th HR of the season and has extended his batting average to a .323 in his last 7 games. The pitching for the Twins was sluggish to start the game as Kyle Gibson and Ryan Pressley gave up 4 earned runs in the first 5.2 innings of the game. Gibson’s ERA tells us he is having a good year as he is posting a 3.54 ERA but he has only recorded a decision in 4 of his 12 starts as he is 1-3. Fernando Rodney was solid out of the pen as the veteran closer pitched the 9th inning where he struck out 1 guy and held the Indians scoreless.
How Chicago White Sox & Minnesota Twins Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Chicago is 18-38, 8-19 on the road.
Minnesota is 25-30, 14-13 at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Hector Santiago (1-2, 5.10 ERA) for the Chicago White Sox vs. Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 4.14 ERA) for the Minnesota Twins.
Santiago last started on 6/1 against the Brewers where he went 3.1 innings while giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits in a ND.
Odorizzi last started on 5/31 against the Indians where he went 3.2 innings while giving up 7 earned runs on 7 hits in a L.
Minnesota and Chicago both rank in the bottom 10 in runs scored.
Minnesota and Chicago both rank in the bottom 10 in team ERA.
Against The Spread Selection: Minnesota Twins
My reason for the pick :
I have continuously talked bad about the Minnesota Twins as I expected a much better effort out of this team considering they only reloaded talent from their 2017 WC appearance, but all things considered, I can’t back arguably the worst team in baseball in the Chicago White Sox. Odorrizi is coming off one of the worst starts of his career but to his advantage, he is going against the 29th ranked offense in baseball which is every pitcher’s dream especially coming off a rough outing. We have seen the Twins put a better effort forward the past few games and hopefully, their 3 game win streak to close out their series against the 1st-place Indians has this team trending in the right direction.
Betting trends for Chicago White Sox:
- Chicago is 11-18 in night games this season.
- The over is 19-15-4 after a loss this season.
Betting trends for Minnesota Twins:
- Minnesota is 11-6 against AL Central opponents this season.
- The under is 8-7 as the home favorite this season.