Mat Latos (4-0, 1.84 ERA) takes the mound for the Chicago White Sox (19-10) as they meet Ricky Nolasco (1-0, 4.05 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (8-20) in the first of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 6 and will air on CSCh and FSN.
In his last start, Latos pitched 5.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out two and walking one in an 8-7 victory over the Orioles. Avisail Garcia (.230, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Twins were unsuccessful against the Tigers 6-5 the last time Nolasco pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing five runs and striking out four. Eduardo Nunez (.379, 11 Rs, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a White Sox -130 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
So far this season, the White Sox are 3-0 against the Twins.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS
The White Sox sit at 4-1 against the division, while the Twins are struggling at 2-10.
The White Sox managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are coming in with a 1-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 2-16. The White Sox have a 2-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 25 this season. Chicago ranks in the bottom half with 27.
Ranking 22nd, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.86 per game. Minnesota ranks in the top half with 8.32.
Ranking 21st, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.694). Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .695.
When the Twins allow at least one home run, they are 5-14. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 7-7 record.