Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox - 9/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (63-70) at Minnesota Twins (49-84)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Target Field)
J Shields (5-16) (5.86) vs. H Santiago (10-8) (4.93)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -153 / Chicago White Sox +143 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins look to snap out of an ugly losing skid as they host the Chicago White Sox again at Target Field on Saturday night.
The White Sox had an offensive outburst on the road against the Twins yesterday and they will look for an encore as they continue their series in Minnesota in this one as they send James Shields to the mound to face off against Hector Santiago. Chicago has shown glimpses of brilliance this season and at one point looked destined to not only make the playoffs but to challenge for an AL pennant but they have been far too inconsistent for that this season and will have to go back to the drawing board in the offseason. Shields is a woeful 5-16 with a 5.86 ERA this season while Santiago is a much more respectable 10-8 with a 4.93 mark but it is the visitors who have been the better of the two teams this season and they will be out for another outburst at the plate tonight.
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The Twins meanwhile have had a tough time this season and are likely in for another stretch of futile seasons as they need to revamp their roster, and while they do have some good pieces in place in the form of Miguel Sano and Brian Dozier they are a far cry from a playoff team and don’t have a lot of options in the rotation. Minnesota is a pitiful 1-9 in their last 10 games after having a decent stretch after the all-star break and with only three weeks left this season they are in for an extended offseason once again as they will look to bring in some free agent talent to hopefully rejuvenate this once proud franchise.
The White Sox are 1-5 in Shields’ last six starts, 6-0 in their last six Saturday games, and 1-4 in their last five overall while the Twins are 6-20 in their last 26 overall, 0-5 in Santiago’s last five starts, and 0-6 in their last six game three’s of a series. The White Sox are the better team plain and simple and while Shields hasn’t been great he should do enough here.