Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/12/14
Minnesota Twins (62-84) at Chicago White Sox (66-80)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Philip Hughes (R) (15-8) (3.437) vs. Jose Quintana (L) (7-10) (3.375)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -131 / Minnesota Twins +121 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, CSN+
The Chicago White Sox host the Minnesota Twins for game one of a three game AL Central series.
The Minnesota Twins lost both games in their Thursday doubleheader in Cleveland as the misery continues to pile on to close the season. The Twins scored just two total runs over the course of 18 innings on Thursday as Oswaldo Arcia had three total hits, Kennys Vargas had two total hits and Trevor Plouffe drove in his 73rd run of the year. The Twins offense ranks 6th in the league in runs scored on the year but if you strip away some out the outlier performances you can see that this team goes through extended stretches struggling to score.
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The Twins will turn to Phil Hughes on Friday as the big right-hander looks for his 16th win in a strong comeback campaign. Hughes enters this game with a WHIP of 1.00 and ERA of 3.55 while posting a 15-9 record. Hughes has done his best work away from home with an ERA of 2.70 across 14 starts; facing the White Sox has been more of a challenge as Hughes has amassed a 7.62 ERA over three starts against Chicago.
The Chicago White Sox capped a four game series win over the Oakland A’s with Thursday’s 1-0 win. Ace Chris Sale led the way striking out nine batters while allowing just two hits over eight innings to get the win. The offense didn’t need to do much as the four hit day stood up, with Marcus Semien driving in the only run on a solo homer as Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia, and Conor Gillaspie each had a hit in the win.
Jose Quintana will take the mound for the White Sox looking to build on success in his last two outings following a rough stretch. The lefty Quintana enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.25 and ERA of 3.38 while posting a record of 7-10 on the year. Quintana has had less success at home with a 3.66 ERA across 13 home starts; he’s fared extremely well against the Twins though with an ERA of 2.00 across three starts spanning 18 innings.
Hughes is certainly a nice comeback story but the White Sox seem to have him figured out so the home team coming off a series win over the A’s is my pick here.