In the last of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (1-4) and the Minnesota Twins (1-4) at U.S. Cellular Field, Chris Sale (12-4, 2.17 ERA) and Phil Hughes (0-1, 6.00 ERA) get the ball. The White Sox won the last game 5-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 12 and will air on FSN-N and CSN-CHI.
Sale is 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 0.99 WHIP against the Twins in his career. Avisail Garcia (.333 ) continued his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. In his career against the White Sox, Hughes is 4-4 with a 2.98 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 60 strikeouts. Brian Dozier (.190 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Chicago is a considerable -181 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking fifth in the AL with an average of only 6.8 strikeouts per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Twins come into this game with a win percentage of .250 when playing as the underdog (1-3) and an overall money line of -200. Against divisional foes, they are 1-3 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-3 record. Minnesota has an eye for the strike zone on the road, ranking 3.0 in the AL with third walks per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Over
Both the White Sox and the Twins are 1-4 against divisional foes.
For the first time this season, the White Sox registered at least two errors.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Twins have a 0-3 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
The White Sox and the Twins are both 0-4 when they are outhit.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Minnesota has hit one this season. Chicago ranks eighth with four home runs.
Ranking 14th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 5.50 per game. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 6.00.
Ranking 27th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.515). Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .617.
The Twins are 0-3 when they allow at least one home run. The White Sox perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 0-4 record.