Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 8/18/13
Chicago White Sox (48-74) at Minnesota Twins (54-67)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
Hector Santiago (L) (3-5) (3.262) vs. Samuel Deduno (R) (7-6) (3.543)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -132 / Chicago White Sox +122 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-North
The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins conclude their series at Target Field on Sunday.
The White Sox have suffered through a dismal season by any standard and have generally struggled when facing Minnesota. However, back to back victories at Target Field is something seldom seen by Chicago who pulled off the feat following Saturday's 8-5 victory. Solid pitching and plenty of scoring are always a winning combination and the CWS haven't seen enough of both on the same page in 2013. Chris Sale gave up three runs in seven innings to get the win before Nate Jones allowed a two run jack to make things nuch too interesting. The bats made it a non worry on a 12 hit attack that saw Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo homer and drive in five runs. Left hander Hector Santiago is scheduled to face Minnesota in the final game of the series. Santiago has thrown the ball much better than his 3-7 record indicates with quality starts in seven of ten but his offense and pen have failed him.
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The Twins were obviously going no where in the American League Central so I think it's safe to say anything positive is a good thing. Minnesota had one in rookie pitcher Andrew Albers who won his first two major league starts via the shut out which no doubt opened some eyes. However, Albers came back down to earth with a thud as the light hitting White Sox gashed him for five runs on seven hits and a base on balls through seven innings. The Twins offense gave a valiant effort but fell short in the end despite eleven hits and a pair of free passes. Ryan Doumit led the way with a two run bomb, while Joe Mauer smacked a two run double. Samuel Deduno toes the rubber in the series finale' versus the White Sox. Deduno looks to bounce back from consecutive defeats in which he gave up eight runs on 17 hits and three walks in 11.2 innings.
Has Minnesota lost their magic in this rivalry or are we just seeing the White Sox catch a few breaks? I honestly don't know so I'll stay with Chicago as dogs...