Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox Betting Preview

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The Minnesota Twins are making a road trip to Guaranteed Rate Field to take on their divisional rival Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago is in line to broadcast the matchup. The game is slated to get underway at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox Odds

Vegas has placed equal moneyline odds (-105) on both of these teams. Gamblers are able to wager on the games total with odds posted at even money (+100) for over 9 runs and -120 for under 9. The games current runline odds stand at +140 for taking the Twins -1.5 runs and -160 for the White Sox +1.5.

The White Sox are only 8-20 SU and 14-13 ATS. They’ve lost 9.9 units for moneyline bettors and 1.8 units against the spread (ATS). Chicago has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Twins have gone 10-16 SU this year and are 13-12 ATS. In total, the teams lost 7.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline in this young season and 1.6 units ATS. Minnesota has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven.

Chicago games have an over/under record of 12-13-2 so far in 2018. Minnesota has an over/under record of 14-11.

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi is getting the nod for the visiting Twins. Odorizzi is 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA and 27 strikeouts. He has yet to face the White Sox this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 4.05 ERA and eight strikeouts across six and two-third innings).

The White Sox will send righty Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 1.78 ERA) to the mound. Lopez has 25 strikeouts and 15 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.22. Lopez did not record a start against the Twins in 2017.

Minnesota’s pitching staff allowed 5.4 runs per game and its starters own a 4.53 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 9.00 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.93, along with a WHIP of 1.39 and a K-per-9 of 9.38.

Twins hitters have slashed .240/.315/.404 on their way to 4.1 runs scored per game this year, including 2.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Eduardo Escobar and right fielder Max Kepler have led Minnesota’s hitters. Escobar is slashing .308/.350/.582 with four home runs, 14 RBIs and 14 runs scored, while Kepler has a .298 average with four homers, 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

For the home team, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.4 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.23 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 5.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.81 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 9.3 K/9. In 11 divisional games, White Sox starters have an ERA of 3.84 and the bullpens ERA is 3.51.

The Chicago offense has produced 3.9 runs per contest, including 4.8 per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .253/.321/.365 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada have led the White Sox batters so far. Davidson is slashing .253/.376/.593 with nine home runs, 18 RBIs and 16 runs scored, while Moncada’s line sits at .268/.359/.518 with six homers, 15 RBIs and 17 runs.

The Twins have lost 7.4 units and are 10-10 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 12 of those games, compared to eight that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 6.2 units and are 10-9 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in seven of those games, as opposed to 10 which went under the total.

Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Minnesota has recorded 21.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.8 over its last five.
  • The Twins have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The White Sox have hit 13 over their last 10.