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Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Picks, Predictions, Odds
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The Chicago White Sox (6-6) will take on the Minnesota Twins (5-8) Saturday for the second-game of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM ET at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota and can be viewed on FS1.
Chicago 5, Minnesota 3
- White Sox ML (+105) at bet365
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Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Betting Predictions
The Chicago White Sox start their series with the Twins on Friday night after getting swept by the Cleveland Guardians three games to zero. The White Sox struggled in all three games, allowing 19 runs while scoring just five runs themselves. Prior to their series with the Guardians, Chicago had won six of their first nine games. The right-hander Vince Velasquez is scheduled to take the mound Saturday. Velasquez is 0-1 in two games this season with an ERA of 4.15 and has allowed seven hits, four earned runs, and struck out seven batters in 8.2 innings of work.
The Twins are coming off a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals. Minnesota lost the first two, but managed to avoid the sweep by winning game three. The Twins have not been able to find any sort of rhythm thus far and have lost two straight games four different times this season. During their series with the Royals, the Twins scored just four runs throughout the series. The pitching was not bad, holding Kansas City to six runs over the three games. Right-handed pitcher Dylan Bundy is expected to start Saturday. Bundy is 2-0 this season with an ERA of 0.87 and has allowed six hits, one earned run, and struck out eight batters in 10.1 innings.
I like Chicago moneyline in this matchup. Neither team has looked great in recent games, but the White Sox are much more talented throughout their lineup. Chicago has dominated the Twins in past seasons, winning 14 of the last 20. Bundy has been solid for the Twins in his first two starts, but I do not see him keeping that type of play up for much longer. Backing the White Sox at +110 here.
Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Betting Odds
- White Sox +105
- Twins -125
- White Sox +1.5 (-165)
- Twins -1.5 (+145)
- Over 9 (-105)
- Under 9 (-115)
Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Betting Resources
- Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022
- Matchup: AL Central
- Stadium: Target Field
- Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
- TV-Time: FS1 - 4:05 p.m. ET
Chicago White Sox Betting Analysis
Prior to Friday night’s matchup the White Sox are 6-6 SU, 4-8 ATS, and have an O/U record of 6-6. Chicago is 1-4 SU in their last five games and have gone 2-4 SU in their six road games this season. The White Sox have had past success against the Twins, with a SU record of 14-6 in their last 20 meetings. The total has gone under in four of Chicago’s last five games when playing on the road against Minnesota.
After scoring 29 runs in their first six games the bats have slowed down for Chicago, with 14 runs scored in their past six games. As a team the White Sox have a batting average of .215 (22nd), on base percentage of .265 (28th), slugging percentage of .345 (22nd), and have scored 43 runs (22nd). The shortstop Tim Anderson has led the way for Chicago with a batting average of .333 (12-36), one home run, and five RBIs. Left fielder Eloy Jimenez has been solid as well with a batting average of .226 (7-31), one home run, and seven RBIs.
Chicago has really struggled with pitching as of late, allowing 28 runs over their last four games. As a team the White Sox are allowing opponents a batting average of .231 (16th), have an ERA of 3.78, and have given up 51 runs (18th). Chicago used four different pitchers in their recent loss to the Guardians. Starter Dylan Cease lasted 5.1 innings and allowed eight hits and four runs. The other three pitchers gave up a combined five hits and two runs. Right-handed pitcher Vince Velasquez is expected to start Saturday. Velasquez is 0-1 in two games this season with an ERA of 4.15 and has allowed seven hits, four earned runs, and struck out seven batters in 8.2 innings of work.
Minnesota Twins Betting Analysis
After 13 games played the Twins are 5-8 SU, 4-9 ATS, and have an O/U record of 3-9-1. Minnesota has gone 3-6 SU in their last nine games and are 2-4 SU in their last six games against a National League opponent. The total has gone under in five of the Twins last six games. Following this trend, the total has gone under in 10 of Minnesota’s last 13 home games.
Minnesota has had a tough time putting runs on the board as of late, scoring three runs or less in five of their last six games. As a team the Twins have a batting average of .204 (27th), on base percentage of .292 (23rd), slugging percentage of .333 (24th), and have scored 41 runs (23rd). The second baseman Luis Arraez leads the team with a batting average of .306 (11-36), one home run, and four RBIs. Catcher Gary Sanchez has done a nice job bringing runs home with a batting average of .216 (8-37), one home run, and eight RBIs.
The pitching has not been terrible for the Twins as they have lost five games this season when holding opponents to four runs or less. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .229 (13th), have an ERA of 3.71 (16th), and have given up 49 runs (13th). In their recent win over Kansas City the Twins used four pitchers, Starter Joe Ryan went 6.0 innings and allowed two hits and zero runs. The other three pitchers gave up a combined one hit and zero runs in 3.0 innings. The right-hander Dylan Bundy is expected to start Saturday. Bundy is 2-0 this season with an ERA of 0.87 and has allowed six hits, one earned run, and struck out eight batters in 10.1 innings.
Key Players to Watch
- CWS: Jose Abreu - 1B (Last Game: 0-3, BB)
- CWS: Eloy Jimenez - DH (Last Game: 1-4, 2B)
- MIN: Carlos Correa - SS (Last Game: 1-4, RBI)
- MIN: Luis Arraez - 1B (Last Game: 1-3, R, BB)
- CWS: Vince Velasquez - RHP (0-1, 4.15 ERA, 7 K, 1.50 WHIP)
- MIN: Dylan Bundy - RHP (2-0, 0.87 ERA, 8 K, 0.68 WHIP)
Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Betting Conclusion
I like the value in the White Sox moneyline here. Chicago has the more talented lineup and the Twins are just 2-4 at home this season. The White Sox have lost four straight, but I would expect them to turn things around sooner than later. You could make an argument for Twins to win the first five innings with Bundy starting, but I don’t have much faith in one of the worst teams in baseball. Backing the White Sox moneyline in this matchup.