Fresh off a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers, the Minnesota Twins will be trying to pick up their second consecutive series win when they take on the Chicago White Sox in the second game of their three-game series on Tuesday night. The game will be played at Target Field and is scheduled to begin at 8:10 PM. ET.
(This preview was written before Monday’s game was played).
White Sox Trying To Play Spoiler
The White Sox have been eliminated from playoff contention, but with the Twins and Cleveland Indians only 2.5 games apart in the AL Central standings and the Indians only 1.5 games ahead of the Oakland Athletics in the Wildcard standings, the White Sox can still cost either or both teams a shot at the playoffs and will try to do their part with a win over Minnesota on Tuesday.
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Chicago has struggled offensively. The team’s .255 batting average is 12th in the league. Their .309 on-base percentage is 24th, while their .402 slugging percentage is 27th in the league. The 518 runs they have scored are 28th in the league.
Yoan Moncada leads the way for the White Sox with a .301 batting average, while Jose Abreu leads the team with 26 homers and 89 RBI.
Chicago’s pitching also hasn’t been very good. Opponents have a .265 batting average against the White Sox, which is 24th in the league. Their 4.86 ERA is 22nd, while their 44 quality starts are 18th in the league.
In his last start, Lopez gave up nine hits and five earned runs in 5.1 innings, leading to an 8-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The team will need a better effort from him to get past the Twins on Tuesday.
Twins Trying To Increase Division Lead
The Twins are playing well right now and have won five of their last six games. Despite their recent run, they only have a 2.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians, who are also playing well at the moment. With four teams in contention for the two AL Wildcard playoff spots, the Twins will be trying to avoid having to fight for one of the two spots by winning the division outright, which is why they can’t afford to lose to teams like the White Sox.
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— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 19, 2019
Minnesota is one of the best offensive teams in the league. The team’s .270 batting average is fourth in the league. Their .338 on-base percentage is seventh, while their .499 slugging percentage leads the league. The 722 runs they have scored are third in the league.
Jorge Polanco leads the team with a .295 batting average. Max Kepler leads the team with 33 homers, while Eddie Rosario leads the team with 82 RBI.
Minnesota’s pitching has also been very good. Opponents have a .254 batting average against the Twins, which is 16th in the league. Their 4.14 ERA is eighth, while their 56 quality starts are eighth in the league.
In his last start, Pineda gave up six hits and three earned runs in five innings, helping the Twins get a 13-6 win over the Rangers. The team will need another solid start from him to beat the White Sox on Tuesday.
- 4-9 in their last 13 vs. American League Central.
- 17-35 in their last 52 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 18-37 in their last 55 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 4-0 in their last 4 overall.
- 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 4-1 in Pineda’s last 5 home starts.