Chris Sale (6-3, 2.74 ERA) is on the hill for the Chicago White Sox (31-39) as they square off against Phil Hughes (5-6, 4.47 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (38-33) in the last of a three-game series at Target Field. The White Sox won the last game 6-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 24 and can be seen on CSN-CHI.
Hughes is 4-5 with a 3.07 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 67 strikeouts against the White Sox. Torii Hunter (.263, 32 Rs, 8 HRs, 38 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Against the Twins, Sale is 7-3 with a 3.29 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 90 strikeouts. Jose Abreu (.300, 39 Rs, 12 HRs, 40 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the White Sox, going 4 for 5 yesterday with two runs.
Chicago takes on Minnesota as a -140 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Twins have an overall money line of +1,298 and a record as the underdog of 31-25. Within its division, Minnesota has a 3-3 as the underdog and a 17-18 SU. The Twins are the top team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.4 walks per game so far this season.
In games where it is the favorite, Chicago has a 18-14 record and an overall money line of -1,207. They have played poorly as the favorite with a 9-10 record against AL Central opponents, and a 2-8 record SU. Offensively, the White Sox have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 3.4 runs per game by averaging 1.8 during that stretch. Chicago is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 7.1 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the White Sox have the fifth-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.6 walks allowed per game.
The Twins lead the season series, 8-4. The Twins have a great 9-5 record at home (17-10 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Sale takes the mound. Hughes (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 25-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIN, O/U - Over
The White Sox currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 14-22, and the Twins have a 17-19 record.
When the White Sox play into extra innings, they have a 5-2 record. The Twins are 3-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Twins have a 7-18 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 23-5. The Twins have a 26-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Chicago sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 240 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 13th with 295.
Minnesota and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Minnesota sits at 24th with 170 this season and Chicago ranks 26th with 163.
The Twins are 28-12 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 17-17 when they hit at least one homer.