Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 7.50 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (0-4) meet Mike Pelfrey (first start) and the Minnesota Twins (1-3) in the second of a three-game division series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins won the last game 6-0 and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 11 and will air on FSN-N and WGN.
In his most recent outing, Samardzija pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out one and walking three in a 10-1 loss to the Royals. Pelfrey will be making his first start of the season in place of Ervin Santana, who was suspended for the use of a banned substance. Joe Mauer (.333 ) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
Chicago is a -160 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking fifth in the AL with an average of only 6.7 strikeouts per game.
On the other side, the Twins have started off the season 0-3 when they're the underdog and are -300 overall with the money line. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Minnesota batters, who rank fifth in the AL with 6.7 strikeouts per game.
So far this season, the Twins are 1-0 against the White Sox.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Under
While the Twins are struggling at 1-3 against the AL Central Division, the White Sox remain winless against these opponents (0-4).
Both Chicago and Minnesota have blown late leads this season. They are both a winless 0-2 when leading after 7 innings.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 0-4 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Minnesota has hit one this season. Chicago ranks 17th with two home runs.
Ranking 14th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 4.67 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 6.33.
Chicago and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 24th with an OPS of .527 and Minnesota ranks 27th with an OPS of .493.
The Twins are 0-2 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.