The AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins will host the Chicago White Sox in the three-game series finale Sunday afternoon from Target Field. The White Sox will give the nod to 27-year old right-hander Dylan Covey, and the Twins will respond with 29-year old right-hander Jake Odorizzi. The Twins lead the season series 2-0.
Covey Still Searching for Elusive First Victory
Dylan Covey will get the nod for the seventh time of the season, still hunting for his first win of the year. Covey battled the Astros in his previous start, and he struggled, allowing four runs in four innings in a 5-1 defeat to drop his record to 0-3. The third-year right-hander hasn’t been able to put together a strong streak this season, and he holds a 5.31 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 20.1 innings of work. He has yet to face the Twins this season, and he is 0-2 with an ugly 5.30 ERA in 18.2 career innings against Minnesota. Nelson Cruz is 0 for 6 against Covey, while Miguel Sano is 0 for 3, and Jorge Polanco is 2 for 7.
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— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 25, 2019
The White Sox are glad to have young power hitter Eloy Jimenez back in the lineup. The 22-year old slugger is one of the top young prospects in the Majors along with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Jimenez has belted three homers in his last four games, and he is carrying a .225 average with six homers and 11 RBI’s in 27 games played on the season. Jimenez is 1 for 8 in this series.
The White Sox are averaging 4.27 runs per game on the season, placing them 21st in the Major Leagues. The Chicago pitching staff owns a weak 5.12 team ERA, pegging them down at 27th in the big leagues. The White Sox possess a 12-15 road record on the year.
Odorizzi Remains Undefeated At Target Field
Jake Odorizzi will make his 11th start of the season, aiming for his fourth win of May. Odorizzi came through with another strong start in his latest effort, firing five shutout innings against the Angels, resulting in a no-decision in a game the Twins won. The seven-year veteran right-hander is one of the hottest pitchers in the Majors, sporting a 1.16 ERA this month, and he has improved his season ERA to 2.38 paired with a 1.06 WHIP and a 6-2 record in 53 innings pitched. Odorizzi hasn’t pitched against Chicago yet this season, and he owns a 1-2 record and a strong 3.41 ERA in six career meetings. Jose Abreu is 4 for 15 against Odorizzi, while Tim Anderson is 2 for 9, and Yoan Moncada is 1 for 6.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) May 25, 2019
The Twins are receiving a steady contribution up and down their lineup in their recent offensive onslaught. Jonathan Schoop is the latest to make his presence felt, bashing four homers with 11 RBI’s in his last seven games. The 27-year old second baseman is hitting .266 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI’s on the season. Schoop went 5 for 17 against the White Sox last season, and he is 1 for 6 in this series.
The red-hot Twins have moved all the way up to first in the Major Leagues with an average of 6.04 runs per game. The Minnesota pitching staff features a solid 3.77 team ERA, good for eighth in the big leagues. The Twins hold a 17-8 record on their home field.
The Chicago White Sox are:
- 3-18 in Covey’s last 21 road starts.
- 0-5 in Covey’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record.
- 0-5 in their last 5 games in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins are:
- 4-0 in Odorizzi’s last 4 home starts.
- 7-0 in Odorizzi’s last 7 starts overall.
- 16-5 in their last 21 games in the third game of a series.