Trevor May (1-1, 4.91 ERA) and Jose Quintana (1-1, 6.55 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Minnesota Twins (9-12) and the Chicago White Sox (8-10) at Target Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 30 and can be seen on CSN-CHI and FSN-N.
May is 2-0 with a 4.91 ERA in his appearances against the White Sox, but goes up against a below-average Chicago offense which is batting just .236 this season. Joe Mauer (.300, 6 Rs, 11 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs. Quintana is 3-2 with a 4.40 ERA when pitching against the Twins. He is up against a below-average Minnesota offense which is hitting just .238 this season. Avisail Garcia (.292, 11 Rs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Chicago takes on Minnesota as a -151 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Twins have an overall money line of +38 and a record as the underdog of 9-10. Minnesota has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 7-9 and 7-10 as the underdog and SU respectively. The Twins are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting walks during home games, allowing only 3.0 walks per game to their opponents this season.
As for their opponent, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-126), Chicago has an impressive 4-2 record when playing as the favorite. They are 4-2 as the favorite against fellow AL Central members, and 8-9 SU. When it comes to issuing walks, the White Sox have the fourth-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.7 walks allowed per game.
The White Sox lead the season series, 2-1. The Twins have a 4-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Quintana takes the mound. May (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 6-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Under
The Twins are struggling at 7-11 in their division, while the White Sox are 8-9.
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 one walk during their last outing. The Twins have a 2-7 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 6-1. The Twins have a 7-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Minnesota and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Minnesota sits at 23rd with 74 runs this season and Chicago ranks 29th with 62.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 41 this season. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 56.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 6-3. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 5-4 record.