White Sox vs. Twins - 5/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (8-20) at Chicago White Sox (19-10)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Tyler Duffey (0-1) (1.74) vs. M Latos (4-0) (1.84)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -140 / Minnesota Twins +130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox begin a three-game series Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Minnesota Twins could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Twins pitching staff has allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.51 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Joe Mauer leads Minnesota with 32 hits, Brian Dozier has 14 RBI and Oswaldo Arcia has three home runs. Ricky Nolasco gets the nod, and he’s 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Nolasco is 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The White Sox have scored just five runs in their last two games but four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Chicago White Sox offense is clearly picking up, and they’re 15-0 this season when scoring more than three runs. Adam Eaton leads Chicago with 32 hits, Jose Abreu has 19 RBI and Todd Frazier has seven home runs. Mat Latos takes the hill, and he’s 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Latos’ second career game against the Twins.
The Twins are 0-4 in their last 4 games following an off day and 9-3 in Nolascos last 12 starts. The White Sox are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 1 of a series and 5-0 in Latos' last 5 starts. The Twins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The White Sox have cooled off a bit but continue to be one of the better and more consistent teams in the American League. Also, Latos has been on fire all season long. Against a struggling Twins club, I'm siding with the White Sox at home for the cheap price.