Chris Sale (12-7, 3.20 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, gets the start for the Chicago White Sox (61-68) as they meet Tyler Duffey (2-1, 4.29 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (67-63) in the first of a three-game series at Target Field. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 1 and will air on CSCh and FSN.
In his last start, Duffey pitched 5.1 innings, giving up two runs, striking out four and walking four in a 5-3 loss to the Rays. Brian Dozier (.245, 90 Rs, 26 HRs, 66 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with two runs. The White Sox were unsuccessful to the Red Sox 3-0 the last time Sale pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out seven and walking two. Adam Eaton (.264, 78 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs, 13 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 5 Sunday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Twins have an SU record of 26-25 against teams in their division. The Twins have one of the most prolific home offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.8 runs per game. Transitioning 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.
Against teams in their division, the White Sox are 20-31 SU. 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. The Chicago pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.5 strikeouts per game.
The Twins had the upper hand against the White Sox in their previous 13 games this season, earning a 9-4 record. The Twins will take on a left-hander (Sale) in this game and have a 23-21 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the right-hander Duffey. They sport a 47-54 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Min
The White Sox are struggling at 20-31 in their division, while the Twins sit at 26-25.
Minnesota has won 50% (22-22) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 52% (27-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Chicago batters brought in a solid 14 hits last game. Minnesota has a record of 0-11 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 48-12. The Twins have a 45-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Chicago sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 493 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 564.
Minnesota and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Minnesota sits at 23rd with 325 this season and Chicago ranks 29th with 303.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 51-28. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 37-34 record.