Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
The AL Central race is tied up with these two division rivals getting set for the rubber game of this crucial series.
Minnesota Twins (64-50) at Chicago White Sox (64-50) The White Sox are a slight -125 home favorite in this contest and the total is currently standing at 8 across the board. Minnesota managed to produce just six hits in a 6-1 loss on Wednesday night in Chicago, after hitting five home runs in a 12-6 win in the series opener. The Twins will likely be without shortstop J.J. Hardy after leaving last night’s game with pain in his left wrist that had already sent him to the disabled list twice this season.
The club is still an incredible 30-17 against division opponents in 2010 and the total is 26-19 O/U in those contests. Thursday has not been kind to the team, posting a 5-11 mark this year and 19-33 record the last three years (-2,100).
Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano is 10-7 with a 3.33 ERA in 22 starts this season and has led the team to four wins in his last five games. He picked up a no-decision in his last outing, giving up four runs and seven hits in 4.2 innings, as Minnesota dropped a 7-6 road decision in Cleveland. In eight career games (five starts) against the White Sox, the left-hander is 1-3 with a 5.82 ERA.
Chicago put an end to its three-game losing streak and still has an MLB-best 40-17 record since June 9. “Regardless of what happens in hits series, I don’t think they’re going to be handing out the trophy at the end,” White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. The club is 16-13 versus left-handed starters this season (+180), including wins in 10 of their last 14 games. The team has won 14 of their last 16 home games, but is just 7-7 at home with a -125 home favorite money line of -100 to -125 (-100).
White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd is 8-8 with a 3.49 ERA in 23 starts this season and brings a three-game winning streak into this contest. He has allowed just three runs and 10 hits over 14 innings in that span. In 10 career games versus the Twins, the right-hander is 4-5 with a 4.04 ERA, going 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA at home. Bettors will find the Twins being 8-17 as a road -125 home favorite underdog of +100 to +125 and likely go all-in with the home team. This play certainly gains strength with the White Sox being 32-12 in Floyd’s last 44 home starts.