Minnesota Twins (62-59 SU, 61-60 RL, 53-59-9 O/U) vs. Chicago White Sox (46-74 SU, 63-57 RL, 58-57-5 O/U)
MLB: Monday, August 21, 2017, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois, 8:10 pm ET
Lines: Minnesota -125, Chicago +115; Over/Under: 10
It’s the continuation of a series between a pair of AL Central foes in the Windy City. The Minnesota Twins play the second game of a doubleheader and the second game of a four game series with the Chicago White Sox Monday night. Minnesota went for the sweep of a three game series with the Diamondbacks in an interleague set at home after winning 5-0 Saturday. Chicago closed a four game home series with the Rangers Sunday: they lost 17-7 in the third game of the series Saturday. The pitching matchup for the first game of the doubleheader Monday saw Tim Melville pitch for the Twins against Chicago’s Carlos Rodon.
Minnesota Twins Hanging in Wild Card Picture
Minnesota won their third straight game as they beat Arizona for the second straight time Saturday. The Twins entered Sunday tied with the Angels for the second wild card spot in the American League. Joe Mauer (RBI) had three hits for the Twins while Brian Dozier (run, RBI) added two hits in the game. Max Kepler drove in a pair of runs while Jason Castro had the other RBI for Minnesota. Jose Berrios (11-5) was sharp as he picked up the win at home: he threw seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Dillon Gee takes the ball for his ninth appearance and second start of the season overall. It’s his fifth appearance and first start for the Twins after starting the season with the Rangers. He has no record with one save, a 3.16 ERA, a 1.403 WHIP, eight walks and 22 strikeouts over 25.2 innings of work this season. Gee did not factor in the decision in his last outing, which came in relief against the Indians Thursday. He threw 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit with one walk and two strikeouts in a 9-3 Minnesota loss. Gee took a no-decision in his lone start this season, which came with the Rangers against the Mets on June 6. He threw 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts in a 10-8 Rangers win. Gee makes his fourth appearance and second career start against the White Sox here: he is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 0.882 WHIP over 11.1 innings of work. He won his lone career start at Guaranteed Rate Field, which came with the Royals on May 20, 2016. Gee threw five innings, allowing a run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts in a 4-1 Kansas City win.
Chicago White Sox Look to the Future
Chicago took a pounding in Saturday’s contest with the Rangers as they couldn’t maintain their early momentum. The White Sox jumped to a 5-0 lead after half an inning before giving up 13 runs in the first four innings. Jose Abreu (three runs, RBI) had four hits while Kevan Smith (run, two RBI) added three hits for Chicago. Leury Garcia (RBI) and Avisail Garcia (run, RBI) each had two hits for the White Sox in the defeat. Derek Holland (6-13) took the loss on the mound as he was rocked for seven runs on six hits with four walks and a strikeout over 2.2 innings.
Carson Fulmer takes the mound for his first start of the season for the White Sox. It will be his first major league start: he made eight relief appearances last season. Fulmer made 24 starts for Triple-A Charlotte of the International League this season and had his struggles. He was 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA, a 1.557 WHIP, 63 walks and 95 strikeouts over 122 innings of work this season. Fulmer has made 54 minor league starts in his career: he is 13-18 with a 4.86 ERA, a 1.484 WHIP, 128 walks and 225 strikeouts over 248 minor league innings. He pitched 1.2 innings in his lone appearance against the Twins, which came in relief: he allowed a run on one hit with one walk and one strikeout. Fulmer is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP over three innings in his two relief appearances at Guaranteed Rate Field.
- Twins are 5-1 in their last 6 road games
- Twins are 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Twins are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter
- White Sox are 4-14 in their last 18 vs. American League Central
The Twins are right in the thick of the wild card race and had won three straight games heading into Sunday’s finale. Chicago is playing for next year as the worst team in the American League. There’s only so much you can expect from young players at this point as they have to get acclimated to playing at the big league level. The pitching matchup leaves plenty to be desired, especially with the Twins playing their second doubleheader in less than a week. Still, Minnesota is playing well right now and they get the advantage here.