Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Free Preview Game 1

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The Minnesota Twins will welcome the Chicago White Sox to Target Field in Game 1 of a divisional doubleheader. The opening pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET and WGN will showcase the matchup.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins Odds

Vegas is listing Chicago (+135) as the underdog to Minnesota (-145). The total sits at 8.5 runs and bettors can wager on the over for +100 and the under for -120. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds coming in at White Sox +1.5 runs (-160) and Twins -1.5 runs (+140).

The Twins are 82-75 against the spread (ATS), but only 74-84 straight up (SU). The team has lost 11.7 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 3.5 units (ATS). The White Sox are 62-96 SU and have gone 80-78 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 14.6 units for moneyline gamblers and 3.5 units ATS.

Twins games have had an over/under record of 77-77-3 in 2018. Chicago has an over/under record of 73-76-9.

Reynaldo Lopez is getting the start for the White Sox. The right-handed Lopez (7-9, 3.94 ERA) has racked up 146 strikeouts in 182.2 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with eight strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA against Minnesota this year (three starts).

The Twins are putting the ball in the hands of righty Jose Berrios (11-11, 3.93 ERA), who has 193 strikeouts and 57 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.15. Berrios is 3-0 with 27 strikeouts and a 2.33 ERA across four starts against Chicago this year.

Minnesota’s pitchers have yielded 4.8 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starters have a 4.60 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.49 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. In 72 divisional games, Twins starters have an ERA of 4.75 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.22.

The Minnesota offense has put up 4.5 runs per outing, including 4.6 per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .295/.354/.439 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Twins’ offense has been led by Eddie Rosario, who is hitting .288/.323/.479 with 24 home runs, 77 RBIs and 87 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.92 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 6.84 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.57, along with a K-per-9 of 9.60.

The White Sox offense has slashed .242/.304/.404 on its way to 4.1 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 2.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Yolmer Sanchez has led Chicago’s offense and is hitting .245/.310/.376 with eight home runs, 53 RBIs, 60 runs and 14 steals.

The White Sox just lost a 10-2 game to the Indians, while the Twins are coming off of a 9-3 win against the Tigers.

Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Pick

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

Betting Notes
  • The under has cashed in three of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • The White Sox have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games. The Twins have hit 12 over their last 10.
  • Minnesota has recorded 27.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 26.2 over its last five.