Jose Quintana (2-4, 4.12 ERA) and Kyle Gibson (3-3, 2.98 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (19-21) and the Minnesota Twins (24-18) at U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins won the last game 4-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 24 and can be seen on FSN-N, CSN-CHI and MLB Net.
Quintana is 3-3 with a 4.06 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 58 strikeouts against the Twins. When pitching against the White Sox, Gibson is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts. Torii Hunter (.280, 23 Rs, 7 HRs, 25 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Chicago is a -152 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 -257 and a record as the favorite of 11-8. Within its division, Chicago has an 8-7 record as favorite and a 12-17 record SU. The White Sox have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.2 runs per game. They average 3.7 runs per game on the season. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to U.S. Cellular Field have been stifled by the White Sox, who have a team ERA of only 3.31 at home. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the White Sox, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 7.9.
In games where it is the underdog, Minnesota has a 17-16 record and an overall money line of +985. They are 12-13 as the underdog against AL Central opponents, and 14-15 SU. The Twins are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the AL with 8.7 hits per game. When it comes to issuing walks, the Twins have the third-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.5 walks allowed per game.
The Twins lead the season series, 6-3. The White Sox have a 16-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gibson takes the mound. Quintana (LHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a very good 13-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIN, O/U - Under
The Twins are an even 15-15 against the division, while the White Sox sit at 12-18.
Minnesota has won 50% (6-6) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 58% (7-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Twins have a 10-17 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 3-17. The Twins have a 5-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Chicago sits at 28th with 26 home runs this season and Minnesota ranks 24th with 32.
Ranking eighth, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.49 per game. Minnesota ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.68.
Chicago and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 27th with an OPS of .666 and Minnesota ranks 21st with an OPS of .689.
When the Twins allow at least one home run, they are 13-13. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 10-16 record.