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Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick- 8/9/13 Game 1

Minnesota Twins (49-62) at Chicago White Sox (43-69)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)

Kyle Gibson (R) (2-3) (6.689) vs. John Danks (L) (2-9) (4.517)

The Line: Chicago White Sox -135 / Minnesota Twins +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-North

The Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins meet on Friday afternoon for game one of a doubleheader.

The Chicago White Sox have struggled most of the season, but they showed signs of life in their last series against the Yankees. The White Sox are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 25-28 at home this season, and they are 24 games back in the American League Central. As a team, the White Sox are hitting .248 with Gordon Beckham hitting .310, Alexei Ramirez hitting .286, and Alex Rios hitting .277. The White Sox pitching staff has a 3.91 ERA, with the starters at 3.84 and the bullpen at 4.05. For game one on Friday, the White Sox start John Danks, who has lost his last four decisions. For the season, Danks has allowed 89 hits and 45 earned runs, while striking out 61 over 89.2 innings for a 2-9 record and a 4.52 ERA.

Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick- 8/9/13 Game 1

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The Minnesota Twins haven’t fared much better than the White Sox this season as they have struggled their way through another year. The Twins are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 23-35 on the road this season, and they are 17.5 games back in the AL Central. As a team, the Twins are hitting .241 with Justin Morneau hitting .267, Ryan Doumit hitting .244, and Brian Dozier hitting .242. The Twins pitching staf has a 4.33 ERA, with the starters at 5.19 and the bullpen at 3.02. For game one against the White Sox,  the Twins start Kyle Gibson, who has lost three of his last four decisions. For the season, Gibson has allowed 49 hits and 27 earned runs, while striking out 20 over 36.1 innings for a 2-3 record and a 6.69 ERA.

Chicago is 19-45 in their last 64 games overall, 7-20 in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record, and 0-4 in Danks’ last four starts. Minnesota is 5-2 in their last seven games following an off day, 3-7 in game one of a series, and 1-6 against the AL Central. Minnesota is 6-2 in the last eight meetings of these two.

I wish I had some kind of cool angle on this one but what we really have are two bad, inconsistent teams and while the Twins have better odds, the Sox are at home and have at least won their last three there. This is a lean and not something I would play personally.

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