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#913 Chicago White Sox 10 vs.
#914 Minnesota Twins -225
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2:10pm EDT
Written by Sporty Jordy

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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.

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The Chicago White Sox have problems across the board on defense. They give up the sixth-most home runs on average per game (1.47), and opposing teams are slashing .262/.450/.343 against them. It’s to be expected when the pitching rotation has struggled throughout the season. Those struggles won’t be going away for what could be an incredibly disappointing road trip to Minnesota.

The Twins are the hottest hitting team in the league right now, and their lineup is going to make things really difficult for Banuelos, who has given up 19 earned runs in his last three games combined. That’s a startling amount of runs scored regardless of the White Sox’s strategy. Even if he’s in the game for two innings, things can go south quickly against the Twins’ batting lineup.

The White Sox had a good series against the Astros, but Friday’s 11-4 loss to the Twins is further proof that it’s back to reality for the team. That painful reality will continue on Saturday as Banuelos’ pitches get smacked around by the Twins’ bats. I’m rolling with the Twins to take the second game in the series.

Prediction: Minnesota Twins

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The Twins are too scorching right now offensively to even consider taking the under in this meeting. They’ll continue to light things up at the plate with an unsteady arm like Banuelos stepping to the mound. The White Sox have scored four or more runs in their last three outings. While they won’t do nearly enough to win the game, they’ll at least make an effort to contribute to the over being the winning bet on Saturday.

Prediction: Over

Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

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