#921 Minnesota Twinsvs.#922 Chicago White Sox
Written by Chris Kubala
MLB: Friday, September 30, 2016, U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois, 8:10 pm ET
Lines: Chicago -159, Minnesota +149; Over/Under: 9
The last series of the season for a pair of AL Central teams takes place in the Windy City. The Minnesota Twins are on the road to play the first of three against the Chicago White Sox Friday night. Minnesota tried to avoid a sweep against the Royals in Kansas City Thursday. Chicago went for a four game sweep of Tampa Bay at home Thursday. The teams split a four game set at Target Field September 1-4 in the last series between the teams.
To be fair, Minnesota likely was ready to call it a year after starting the season 0-9. Instead, they’re a virtual lock to surpass the record for losses by the team since moving to Minnesota in 1961. They dropped their third straight and ninth in the last 10 with a 5-2 loss to the Royals Wednesday. Minnesota had eight hits with John Ryan Murphy the lone player to collect two. Kennys Vargas hit a two-run homer in the sixth, his 9th of the year, for Minnesota’s offense. Ervin Santana took a no-decision in his start. He threw five innings, allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Taylor Rogers (3-1) took the loss. He allowed three runs on three hits with two walks in one-third of an inning.
Tyler Duffey makes his 26th start of the year for the Twins in this one. He is 9-11 with a 6.18 ERA and a 1.466 WHIP while throwing 131 innings this year. Duffey has just one win in his last five starts. He got the win in his last start over the Mariners Saturday. Duffey tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Minnesota won the game, 3-2. He makes his third career start against the White Sox. Duffey is 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 11.2 innings. He lost his only career start at U.S. Cellular Field. Duffey allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and nine strikeouts over seven innings.
Chicago’s win over the Rays Wednesday, 1-0, gave them victories in their last five. The White Sox mustered five hits with no player recording more than one. It was Todd Frazier’s solo homer, his 40th of the year, which provided the game’s only run in the seventh inning. Tim Anderson and Jason Coats each doubled in the defeat. Miguel Gonzalez picked up the win and improved to 5-8 on the year. He threw 8.1 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with no walks and five strikeouts. David Robertson recorded the final two outs for his 37th save.
Carlos Rodon takes the hill for his 28th start of the year for the White Sox. He is 8-10 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.409 WHIP over 159 innings this year. Rodon is 6-2 in his last nine starts after starting the year 2-8. He picked up the win in his last outing, which came against the Indians Sunday. Rodon threw eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts. The White Sox won the game 3-0. Rodon makes his seventh career appearance and sixth start against the Twins. He is 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.382 WHIP over 34 innings. Rodon logs his 27th career appearance and 26th start at U.S. Cellular Field. He is 10-8 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.443 WHIP over 140.2 innings.
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Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. He keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college, the NHL, the NBA and college basketball and MLB.