The top two teams in the American League Central meet on Tuesday as the Minnesota Twins host the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a critical three-game series. The Twins lead the Sox by three games so the Sox need to avoid getting swept. It is the first game of a six-game road trip for Chicago and they have struggled on the road this season.
SBG Global sportsbook current line: Twins – 120, Total 8 Under -120
The White Sox go with Jon Danks on Tuesday. He has been very solid all season with a 12-8 record and a 3.19 ERA. He went eight innings last time out against the Twins and allowed just one run while striking out seven. Danks has been about as good as you could ask for in his last three starts but he is just 1-1 although his ERA is 2.91. He has struggled a bit vs. the Twins in his career going 6-6 with a 4.96 ERA.
The Twins send Scott Baker on Wednesday. He is 10-9 with a 4.76 ERA this baseball betting season. Last time out he gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings against the Sox. He is still 2-0 though in his last three starts with a 3.26 ERA. He has gotten some wins against the White Sox in his career even though his ERA is high. He is 6-3 with a 5.79 ERA against Chicago in his career.
The Twins have simply owned the White Sox recently, winning 15 of the last 20 meetings. They took two of three at Chicago last week. None of the three games were close. The Twins won 6-1 and 12-6 while the White Sox win 6-1. Minnesota has really done well at home vs. the Sox winning eight of the last 11.
Chicago has won seven of their last nine Tuesday games. They have struggled lately against right-handed pitching as they are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The White Sox are 5-2 in Danks’ last 7 starts. The White Sox are 1-6 in Danks’ last 7 road starts vs. the Twins.
The Twins are 6-1 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Twins are 4-0 in Baker’s last 4 starts and they are 14-5 in Baker’s last 19 home starts. The Twins are 4-0 in Baker’s last 4 starts vs. the White Sox.
Looking at the total, the Under is 7-3 in the White Sox last 10 overall. The Under is 5-0 in the Twins last 5 overall. The Under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Minnesota between the two teams.