Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (50-51) at Minnesota Twins (37-63)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
J Quintana (8-8) (2.97) vs. R Nolasco (4-8) (5.40)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +130 / Chicago White Sox -140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox look to shake off a tough loss on the road against Cubs last night as they head to Minnesota to face off against the Twins.
The White Sox couldn’t solve the Cubs at Wrigley last night despite having Chris Sale on the mound in a revenge spot after getting scratched from his last start and subsequently suspended for five games and now they turn to Jose Quintana to get them back in the win column on Friday. Chicago is still in the mix in the AL Wild card race and could go out and bring in some pieces to add to the mix but the biggest storyline surrounding them right now is the strained relationship with Kenny Williams and Sale and whether or not the unthinkable could happen and Sale gets shipped out of town. The Sox though will focus on the task at hand and do get Quintana going tonight who has been excellent this season and matches up well with the Twins despite their bats heating up as evidenced by last night’s 6-2 thrashing of the Orioles.
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Minnesota is in a cross roads right now as they are playing some of their best baseball of the season but it seems like they are generating success because there is no pressure to contend with as they are so far back in the AL Central. However, they can play spoiler against teams like the Chi Sox who are looking to make a playoff push and while some of their top end players may be on the way out by the end of the weekend they are still a decent team that has some pop in their bats. The Twins did move Eduardo Nunez who is having an excellent season and will take his talents to San Francisco for the Giants’ playoff push and the absence of Nunez here could be a tough blow for Minnesota.
The White Sox are 8-20 in their last 28 road games, 4-1 in their last five overall, and 1-6 in Quintana’s last seven against the AL Central while the Twins are 1-4 in their last five home games, 2-5 in Nolasco’s last seven starts, and 0-7 in Nolasco’s last seven against the division. The White Sox need a big outing here and with Quintana going I think they get it done without much trouble.