When and where: May 25, 2019, Target Field, Minneapolis, MN, 2:10 PM ET
The AL Central showdown between the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins will be spotlighted in Saturday’s early MLB action. After splitting their last three meetings with the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians, the White Sox would love nothing more than to pull off an upset at Target Field. The Twins, on the other hand, are coming off series wins over the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners. Kyle Gibson is expected to get the start for the Twins on Saturday opposite of a pitcher that has yet to be decided for the White Sox.
White Sox offense rolls past the Astros
After losing the first two games in their series with the Astros, the White Sox still had quite a bit of fight left. The Astros weren’t ready for it as evident in their two-game meltdown at home. It didn’t matter that the White Sox were playing arguably the best team in baseball. It didn’t even matter they were a sub .500 team on the road. They dug deep and split the series by scoring nine runs on Wednesday and shutting out the Astros on Thursday.
It marked another one of those weird and random runs the White Sox are capable of going on. Playing to the level of the opposition has been a big problem for them this season. Before splitting with the Astros, they also split with the 20-win Toronto Blue Jays at home.
Starting pitcher Banuelos will be hoping for a turnaround after three bad outings against the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. His performance against the Red Sox should be classified as a nightmare after he gave up 10 hits and nine earned runs, including three homers, in 2.2 innings. He’ll enter Saturday’s game with a 7.26 ERA and a 2-3 record. He has given up 10 home runs in his 31.0 innings on the mound this season.
Twins clicking on all cylinders
The Twins look like the hottest team in baseball right now.
They’re rolling over teams in dominant fashion, and they have only lost one game in their last 10 outings. All of those piled up wins came against the Angels and Mariners, although they also managed to steal a four-game home series against the Astros in early May. The Twins are a legit contender right now, and any pitcher rotation should be wary when facing their monstrous batting lineup.
They currently lead the league in average home runs per game (2.00), and they are slashing at a scary .272/.516/.340 so far this season. It’s safe to say the White Sox are going to have their hands full all weekend in this series.
On the defensive end, Gibson is no slouch on the mound. He’s entering Saturday’s game with a 4.47 ERA and a 4-2 record. In his most recent outing against the Mariners, he allowed nine hits and four earned runs, including two homers, in six innings. It was five-plus innings with six hits and three earned runs in the game before that one against the Angels. The Twins have only lost three of his nine appearances on the mound this season.
- White Sox are 48-105 in their last 153 against a team with a winning record
- White Sox are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series
- White Sox are 2-6 in their last 8 Saturday games
- Twins are 9-3 in Gibson’s last 12 starts
- Twins are 8-3 in Gibson’s last 11 starts on grass
- Twins are 5-2 in Gibson’s last 7 starts against teams in the American League Central
- Twins are 40-18 in Gibson’s last 58 starts against a team with a losing record