Erik Johnson (1-0, 4.50 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (66-72) go up against Ervin Santana (4-4, 4.93 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (72-67) in the first of a three-game division series at U.S. Cellular Field. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 11 and will air on CSN+ and FSN.
In his last start, Johnson pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs and striking out three in a 7-5 victory over the Royals. Jose Abreu (.295, 84 Rs, 27 HRs, 86 RBIs) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Twins were victorious over the Astros 3-2 the last time Santana pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out 11 and walking two. Brian Dozier (.240, 93 Rs, 27 HRs, 70 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The White Sox have an SU record of 25-35 against teams in their division. Chicago has averaged 5.6 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.9. The White Sox rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 366. As for the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 8.4 strikeouts per game.
Against divisional rivals, the Twins are 30-27 SU. They also allow just 2.5 walks per game, second-best in the AL.
The Twins have gotten the best of the White Sox in head-to-head matchups this season, going 11-5. This game will feature Santana (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 51-57 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Twins will be the right-hander Johnson. They sport a 47-45 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS
The White Sox hold a 25-35 record this season against teams in the AL Central Division. The Twins' record in these matchups is 30-27.
Minnesota has won 51% (25-24) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 53% (31-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 32-52 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 53-12. The Twins have a 49-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Chicago has earned 543 this season. Minnesota ranks 12th with 598 runs.
Chicago and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Chicago sits at 26th with 329 this season and Minnesota ranks 23rd with 353.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 41-36. When the Twins hit at least one homer, they have a 55-30 record.