Kyle Gibson (1-2, 4.84 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (10-12) meet John Danks (1-2, 5.64 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (8-11) in the second of a four-game division series at Target Field. The Twins won the last game 12-2 and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 1 and will air on CSN-CHI and FSN-N.
In his most recent outing, Gibson pitched 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out three and walking three in a 4-2 loss to the Mariners. Joe Mauer (.318, 7 Rs, 13 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. In his career against the Twins, Danks is 7-13 with a 5.59 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 101 strikeouts. Avisail Garcia (.309, 11 Rs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
Minnesota is a slight -102 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Twins are 9-10 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -67. They have disappointing records of 7-9 as the underdog and 7-11 SU within their division. The Twins rank fifth in the AL in hits at home with 9.0 per game. As for the pitching staff, the Twins are third in the AL in walks allowed at home with just 2.7 per game.
Moving on to the opposing team, the White Sox come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-233) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the favorite (4-2). Against fellow AL Central members, they are 8-9 SU and 4-2 as the favorite. They also allow just 2.6 walks per game, second-best in the AL.
The Twins will take on a left-hander (Danks) in this game and have a 4-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Gibson will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 6-7 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Under
The Twins are 8-11 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 8-10 against their division.
For the third time this season, the White Sox registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Twins play into extra innings, they have a 2-0 record. The White Sox are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Twins have a 4-11 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 6-1. The Twins have an 8-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Minnesota and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Minnesota sits at 23rd with 86 runs this season and Chicago ranks 29th with 64.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 42 this season. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 58.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 7-3. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 5-4 record.