Tommy Milone (6-4, 3.86 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (68-63) meet Carlos Rodon (6-5, 4.15 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (61-69) in the second of a three-game division series at Target Field. The Twins won the last game 8-6 and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 2 and will air on WPWR and FSN.
In his last start, Milone pitched 5.1 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking one in a 5-4 loss to the Rays. Eddie Rosario (.275, 46 Rs, 8 HRs, 33 RBIs, 10 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The White Sox were victorious over the Mariners 4-2 the last time Rodon pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking three. Adam Eaton (.270, 78 Rs, 10 HRs, 37 RBIs, 13 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 4 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
Minnesota is a -120 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Twins have a winning record of 15-10 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +1,793. They have an SU record of 26-25 against teams in their division and a 7-3 record when they were the favorite in those games. The Twins come into the game with the AL's fifth-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 4.8 runs per game in their own ballpark. Turning to the pitching staff, the Twins don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking second in the AL with only 2.5 walks allowed per game.
On the other side, the White Sox have a record of 30-42 when they are the underdog and are -938 overall with the money line. Against divisional foes, they are 20-31 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 9-17 record. During the last 10 games, they averaged 4.8 runs per game, above their 3.8 season average. One of the top road hitting teams in the AL are the White Sox, who average 8.9 hits in games away from home. Switching gears to Chicago's pitching staff, they allow just 2.5 walks per road game, best in the AL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 8.5 strikeouts per game.
The Twins have gotten the best of the White Sox in head-to-head matchups this season, going 10-4. This game will feature Rodon (LHP) on the mound against the Twins, who have a 23-21 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The left-handed Milone will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 14-14 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Min, O/U - Over
The White Sox are struggling at 20-32 in their division, while the Twins sit at 27-25.
Chicago has won 51% (27-26) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Minnesota has won 51% (23-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
The White Sox are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 13 strikeouts. The Twins have a record of 3-6 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 48-12. The Twins have a 46-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Chicago has earned 499 this season. Minnesota ranks 10th with 572 runs.
Minnesota and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Minnesota sits at 23rd with 328 this season and Chicago ranks 29th with 306.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 52-28. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 37-35 record.