Hector Noesi (8-12, 4.75 ERA) and Kyle Gibson (0-1, 14.73 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (0-3) and the Minnesota Twins (0-3) at U.S. Cellular Field. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 10 and can be seen on FSN-N and CSN-CHI.
Noesi is 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts against the Twins. Jose Abreu (.273 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday. When pitching against the White Sox, Gibson is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts. Joe Mauer (.300 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Chicago is a -145 favorite against Minnesota and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The White Sox are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 7.5 per game. Chicago's batters do not strike out very often, with only 6.5 per game.
In the other locker room, Minnesota has a winless record of 0-2 playing as the underdog and a disappointing overall money line of -200 so far this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Over
Both the White Sox and the Twins stand at a winless 0-3 record against their division rivals.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Twins have a 0-3 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
Minnesota ranks near the bottom of the league at 26th when it comes to home runs, hitting zero this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 14th with two.
Ranking 13th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 4.50 per game. Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with 7.50.
Ranking 30th, Minnesota is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.349). Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .582.