Chris Sale (6-0, 1.66 ERA) and Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.15 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (20-10) and the Minnesota Twins (8-21) at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 10-4, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 7 and can be seen on WGN and FSN.
Sale pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking four in a 7-1 win over the Orioles. Brett Lawrie (.288, 16 Rs, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Santana went 5.0 innings, surrendering five runs (three unearned), striking out two and walking three in a 6-5 defeat to the Brewers in his last outing. Byung Ho Park (.268, 13 Rs, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Twins, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs and one stolen base.
The odds for Chicago and Minnesota are White Sox -210, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The White Sox have the edge in the season series, 4-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS
The White Sox hold a 5-1 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the Twins have a 2-11 record against the division.
The White Sox are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Twins have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 2-17. The White Sox have a 2-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Minnesota has hit 26 this season. Chicago ranks 17th with 28 home runs.
Ranking 20th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.07 per game. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 14th with 8.28.
Ranking 22nd, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.694). Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .705.
When the Twins allow at least one home run, they are 5-15. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have an 8-7 record.