Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox Betting Preview

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The Chicago White Sox will play host to the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field. The game gets underway 2:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will be televising the action.

Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox Odds

Minnesota (-150) is hosting this one as the favorite over Chicago (+140) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 9.5 runs (-115 for the under and -105 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds standing at -105 for the Twins -1.5 runs and -115 for the White Sox +1.5.

The White Sox are 9-22 SU and 16-14 ATS. The team has lost 10.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 0.8 units against the spread (ATS). The Twins have gone 12-17 SU this year and are 15-13 ATS. In total, the teams lost 7.0 units for moneyline bettors through the early portions of the year and 0.6 units ATS.

White Sox games have had an over/under record of 14-14-2 so far in 2018. The Twins have an over/under record of 16-12.

Kyle Gibson will get the start for Minnesota. The right-handed Gibson is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 36 strikeouts. He has yet to face the White Sox this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 1.29 ERA and eight strikeouts across seven innings).

The White Sox are putting the ball in the hands of righty James Shields (1-3, 5.35 ERA), who’s got 19 strikeouts and 17 walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.47. Shields made three starts against the team in 2017, putting together a 0-1 record in 2017, posting a 0-1 record with a 4.24 ERA and 14 strikeouts.

Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 5.5 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.68, a WHIP of 1.54 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 5.6. The bullpen has a 4.33 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 9.3 K/9. In 14 divisional games, White Sox starters have an ERA of 4.99 and the bullpens ERA is 2.70.

Chicago’s offense is putting up 3.9 runs per outing, including 4.8 per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team has hit .236/.292/.406 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Matt Davidson has helped lead the White Sox offense this year with nine home runs, 18 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

For the visitors, Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.55 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 8.98 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.68, along with a WHIP of 1.39.

Twins hitters have slashed .245/.321/.419 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game this season, including 4.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.4 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Minnesota’s hitters have been spearheaded by Eduardo Escobar. Escobar is slashing .314/.368/.637 with six home runs, 18 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

The Twins just took the previous game in this series by a score of eight runs to four.

Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in just two of Minnesota’s last seven games.
  • Each team has hit 15 home runs over its last 10 outings.
  • Minnesota has averaged 23.9 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 games and 24.2 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have lost six of their last seven games SU.