Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Free Preview

The Chicago White Sox will be taking on their division rival Minnesota Twins at Target Field. NBC Sports Chicago will showcase the action and the game gets going at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Odds

Vegas is listing Minnesota (-165) as the favorite over Chicago (+155). The total is sitting at 9 runs and gamblers can take the over for -120 or the under for an even +100. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds standing at -140 for the White Sox +1.5 runs and +120 for the Twins -1.5.

The White Sox are only 19-39 SU and are 29-27 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 16.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.3 units ATS. The Twins, on the other hand, are 26-31 SU and 33-22 ATS. They’ve lost 5.9 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 9.1 units ATS.

Neither side has been an obvious over/under bet this season. Minnesota games have a 27-27-1 over/under record thus far in 2018. Chicago has an over/under record of 26-26-4.

Hector Santiago will get the start for the visiting White Sox. The left-handed Santiago is 1-2 with a 5.10 ERA and 41 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with two strikeouts and a 21.60 ERA against Minnesota this year.

The Twins will put the ball in the right hand of Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 4.14 ERA), who has 61 strikeouts and 26 walks as well as a 1.35 WHIP. Odorizzi is 0-0 with eight strikeouts and a 5.06 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.

Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.46 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 6.11 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.24, along with a K/9 of 9.04.

The White Sox offense has slashed .245/.310/.415 on its way to 4.0 runs scored per game this year, including 4.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

First baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez continue to lead Chicago’s offense. Abreu is slashing .301/.357/.531 with 10 home runs, 35 RBIs and 31 runs scored, while Sanchez (.282/.320/.426) has produced three homers, 27 RBIs, 23 runs and five stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Minnesota’s pitching staff has allowed 4.5 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 4.37 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.11 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.9 K/9. In 19 games against AL Central foes, Twins starters have an ERA of 4.39 and the bullpens ERA is 2.23.

Minnesota’s hitters are putting up 4.3 runs per contest, including 5.0 per game against divisional foes and 5.6 per game over their last five. The team has hit .261/.346/.503 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Left fielder Eddie Rosario and shortstop Eduardo Escobar have paced the Twins hitters this year. Rosario is slashing .314/.351/.562 with 13 home runs, 40 RBIs, 37 runs and five stolen bases, and Escobar’s line is .280/.330/.545 with 11 homers, 36 RBIs and 30 runs.

The White Sox have lost 13.3 units and are 21-21 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 18 of those games, as opposed to 20 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Twins have lost 1.8 units and are 9-5 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in five of those games, compared to nine that went under.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in three of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • Chicago fielders have nine errors over the last 10 games, compared to four errors for Minnesota over its last 10.
  • The White Sox have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Twins have hit 14 over their last 10.