Chris Sale (12-8, 3.31 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, takes the mound for the Chicago White Sox (67-73) as they meet Kyle Gibson (9-10, 3.87 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (73-68) in the last of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 8-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 13 and will air on CSCh and FSN.
In his last start, Sale pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 3-2 loss to the Indians. Adam Eaton (.274, 85 Rs, 13 HRs, 46 RBIs, 14 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI. The Twins were also unsuccessful the last time Gibson pitched. He struggled, going 8.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out four and walking two in a 4-2 loss to the Royals. Trevor Plouffe (.248, 65 Rs, 20 HRs, 77 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
Chicago is a heavy -190 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is seven runs. The White Sox are 31-30 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -881. They have a winless record (0-4) in games played as the favorite during their last 10 games. Over their past 10 games, Chicago's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 5.2 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.9. The White Sox rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 371. Turning to the pitching staff, an area where the White Sox are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 8.4 K's per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Twins come into this game with a win percentage of .504 when playing as the underdog (57-56) and an overall money line of +2,235. Against fellow AL Central members, they are 31-27 SU and 23-23 as the underdog. They also allow just 2.5 walks per game, good for second in the AL.
The Twins have mostly come out on top against the White Sox in their previous 18 games this season, earning a 12-6 record. The White Sox will take on a right-hander (Gibson) in this game and have a 51-58 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Sale will take the mound against the Twins, who have a 25-22 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Over
The White Sox are 26-36 against their divisional rivals, while the Twins are 31-28 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Chicago is 31-27, while Minnesota is 25-24.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 33-53 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 54-12. The Twins have a 50-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 553 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 606.
Chicago and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Chicago sits at 26th with 333 this season and Minnesota ranks 22nd with 366.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 41-37. When the Twins hit at least one homer, they have a 56-30 record.