In the second of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (19-20) and the Minnesota Twins (19-20) at U.S. Cellular Field, Chris Sale (3-1, 4.36 ERA) and Trevor May (2-3, 5.15 ERA) get the start. The White Sox won the last game 3-2 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 23 and will air on FSN-N and WGN.
Sale is 7-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 1.11 WHIP against the Twins in his career. Jose Abreu (.291, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 22 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the White Sox, May is 3-0 with a 4.32 ERA, 20 strikeouts and two walks. Torii Hunter (.281, 22 Rs, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Chicago is a heavy -190 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the White Sox have a 10-8 record and overall money line at -357. They have an 11-17 record SU and are 7-7 as favorite within their division. Division games have been tough for the White Sox. Chicago has only averaged 3.2 runs per game compared to its 3.7 season average. Transitioning to the Chicago defense and pitching staff, teams routinely struggle to score runs against the White Sox, who allow only 3.6 runs per home game. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 7.8 strikeouts per game.
Switching gears, the Twins come into this game with a win percentage of .531 when playing as the underdog (17-15) and an overall money line of +1,085. Against teams in their division, they are 14-14 SU and 12-12 as the underdog. They sport the third-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.6 runs per game. Minnesota is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 8.8 hits per contest. Switching gears to Minnesota's pitching staff, they allow just 2.5 walks per game, good for third in the AL.
The Twins have gotten the better of the White Sox in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-3. This game will feature May (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 15-16 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Sale will take the mound against the Twins. Against lefty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 13-5 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Over
The White Sox are 12-17 against their divisional rivals, while the Twins are 14-15 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Chicago is 7-5, while Minnesota is 6-6.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Twins have a 4-11 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 3-17. The Twins have a 4-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Chicago ranks 27th with 26 homers and Minnesota is 24th with 30.
Ranking eighth, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.47 per game. Minnesota ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.83.
Chicago and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 26th with an OPS of .668 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 10-15 record.