Jose Quintana (8-10, 3.60 ERA) and Tommy Milone (8-4, 3.54 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (66-73) and the Minnesota Twins (73-67) at U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins won the last game 6-2 and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 12 and can be seen on WGN and FSN.
Quintana pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs and striking out five in a 6-1 win over the Royals. Jose Abreu (.295, 84 Rs, 27 HRs, 86 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Milone went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 6-2 win over the Royals in his most recent start. Trevor Plouffe (.245, 65 Rs, 20 HRs, 76 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
Chicago is a -133 favorite against Minnesota and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -775 and a record as the favorite of 31-29. Chicago is a disappointing 1-3 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The White Sox have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.9 runs per game. The White Sox are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 368. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opponents have consistently been struck out by the White Sox, who rank third in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.4.
In games where it is the underdog, Minnesota has a 56-56 record and an overall money line of +2,135. They are 22-23 as the underdog against AL Central rivals, and 30-27 SU. When it comes to issuing walks, the Twins have the second-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.5 walks allowed per game.
The Twins have controlled the season series, 12-5. The White Sox have a 15-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Milone takes the mound. Quintana (LHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a 25-22 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Over
The White Sox hold a 25-36 record this season against teams in the AL Central Division. The Twins' record in these matchups is 31-27.
The White Sox managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are coming in with a 2-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Twins have a slight leg up on the White Sox, as the Twins have won their last two games while the White Sox have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 53-12. The Twins have a 50-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Chicago has earned 545 this season. Minnesota ranks 12th with 604 runs.
Chicago and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Chicago sits at 26th with 331 this season and Minnesota ranks 22nd with 361.
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.