Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Free Preview

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The Chicago White Sox are ready to face their AL Central foe Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The opening pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. ET and WGN will be showing the matchup.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins Odds

The Twins are 84-76 against the spread (ATS), but only 77-84 straight up (SU). They’ve lost 8.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 5.5 units (ATS). The White Sox are 62-99 SU and have gone 81-79 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 16.6 units for moneyline gamblers and 4.2 units ATS.

Twins games have had an over/under record of 79-78-3 in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 74-77-9.

Right-hander Dylan Covey is projected to start for the visiting White Sox. Covey (5-13, 5.06 ERA) has racked up 88 punchouts in 115.2 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA against Minnesota this year.

The Twins will turn to Zack Littell (0-2, 6.61 ERA), who’s got 10 strikeouts and nine walks to his name as well as a WHIP of 1.90. Littell is 0-1 with an 18.00 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.

Minnesota’s pitching staff has given up 4.8 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.54, a WHIP of 1.39 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.2. The bullpen has a 4.46 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. In 75 divisional games, Twins starters have an ERA of 4.61 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.19.

Minnesota’s offense has produced 4.6 runs per outing, including 4.7 per game against divisional foes and 8.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .327/.431/.480 over its last five contests and is 5-0 SU during that stretch.

The Twins’ batters have been led by left fielder Eddie Rosario and first baseman Joe Mauer. Rosario is hitting .288/.323/.479 with 24 home runs, 77 RBIs and 87 runs scored, while Mauer’s line sits at .282/.351/.378 with six homers, 48 RBIs and 64 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.05 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 6.87 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.52, along with a WHIP of 1.41.

The White Sox offense has slashed .241/.303/.402 on its way to 4.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Third baseman Yolmer Sanchez and shortstop Tim Anderson continue to lead Chicago’s hitters. Sanchez is slashing .243/.307/.374 with eight home runs, 54 RBIs, 61 runs and 14 stolen bases, while Anderson is hitting .240/.281/.406 with 20 homers, 64 RBIs, 77 runs and 26 stolen bases.

Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Twins, ATS Winner – White Sox, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Chicago has tallied nine extra-base hits over its last five outings. Minnesota has 19 XBH over its last five.
  • The White Sox have dropped seven of their last eight games SU.
  • Chicago has recorded 19.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 16.6 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games. The Twins have hit five over their last 10.