Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins
The Chicago White Sox look to get over the hump and gain some momentum as they host the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox are -175 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Chicago White Sox clawed their way to .500 but after getting there they dropped two at home to the worst team in the AL Central, the Kansas City Royals. The White Sox are 20-22 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and four and a half games back in the division. As a team Chicago is hitting .253 led by Paul Konerko at .319, A.J. Pierzynski at .296, and Alexei Ramirez at .269. As a team the White Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 3.81 with the starters at 3.88 and the bullpen at 3.63. For game one against the Twins Chicago starts Phillip Humber who may be the most impressive pitcher on the White Sox staff thus far this year. For the season Humber has allowed 76 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 63 in 103.2 innings of work.
The Minnesota Twins haven’t given up yet and despite a horrible start and some rough patches after that they are still just eight games back in the American League Central. The Twins are 18-28 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and have been outscored by their opponents by 76 runs this season. As a team Minnesota is hitting .243 led by Michael Cuddyer at .294, Ben Revere at .269, and Alexi Casilla at .245. As a team the Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.23 with the starters at 3.95 and the bullpen at 4.91. For game one at US Cellular Field Minnesota starts Carl Pavano who beat the White Sox less than a month ago in Minnesota. For the season Pavano has allowed 129 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 49 in 116 innings of work.
Chicago is 5-3 in their last eight games overall, 1-6 in their last seven against the AL Central, and 6-1 in Humber’s last seven starts. Minnesota is 6-2 in their last eight games overall, 0-5 in their last five road games, and 4-1 in Pavano’s last five road starts. Minnesota is 13-3 in their last 16 games in Chicago.
While the Sox seem to always struggle against the Twins and have really struggled against all of he teams in their division, behind Humber they get it done here against a Twins team that is clearly better as a home team and just isn’t at even close to 100 percent this season. Take the White Sox minus the 175.
Chicago White Sox -175 Minnesota Twins