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#969 Chicago White Sox 10 vs.
#970 Minnesota Twins -215
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 8:10pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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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.

Reynaldo Lopez, 7-10, 5.29 ERA, will get the start for the White Sox. The Twins will give the ball to Michael Pineda, 8-5, 4.20 ERA.

(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.

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.

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.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Twins are playing well at the moment and have won five of their last six games. They have also won four of Pineda’s last five home starts and will go into this game with a lot of confidence with the team averaging 8.75 runs per game in their last four games. Pineda has also dominated the White Sox this season, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his two starts against them. The White Sox continue to struggle on the road and lost four of five games to the struggling Los Angeles Angels over the weekend. With the team having lost seven of their 10 meetings with the Twins this season, and all the losses except one being by multiple runs, expect the Twins to win this game comfortably.

Prediction: Minnesota Twins -1.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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The White Sox have played over the total in their last five games, while the Twins have played over the total in seven of their last 11 games against teams with losing records. The Twins are averaging 7.33 runs per game in their last three games and scored eight runs against Lopez the last time they faced him so expect another high-scoring game from the Twins. The White Sox are averaging 4.67 runs per game in their last three games, but will likely fall short of the average against Pineda, who has given up three total runs in two starts against the White Sox. Even though Chicago will likely struggle offensively, the two teams will play over the total because the Twins will have another big offensive outing against Lopez.

Prediction: Over

First Five Innings Side Pick

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The Twins will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the White Sox in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging 4.67 runs per game while the White Sox are averaging three runs per game.

Prediction: Minnesota Twins

First Five Innings Total Bet

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The Twins and White Sox are averaging 7.67 runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and they will go over the first five-inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

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