Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick - 8/10/13
Minnesota Twins (51-62) at Chicago White Sox (43-71)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Michael Pelfrey (R) (4-9) (5.226) vs. Andre Rienzo (R) (0-0) (1.385)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -139 / Minnesota Twins +129 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox tangle in an American League Central battle on Saturday.
Minnesota used offense to win game one of their double header before the pitching took center stage in a 3-2 victory in the night cap in ten innings. Game two probably should have seen a lot more scoring with the Twins hammering out nine hits and walking seven times with clutch hits far and few between. Starter Liam Hendricks came through with just two runs plated on seven hits and a walk over 6.1 frames but received a no decision for his efforts. Oswaldo Arcia smacked the game winner in the 10th, while Josh Willinghham and Chris Herrmann went solo as well. Minnesota hands the ball to Mike Pelfrey for Saturday's start with the White Sox. Pelfrey has had his share of ups and downs and is coming in off of a 3-2 win (ND) versus Houston in which he gave up two runs in five innings.
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The doubleheader loss to the visiting Twins was just another painful addition to an already painful season. More accurately would be two painful additions, with the defeat in the night cap probably hurting the most as it spoiled a winnable performance from rookie call up Charlie Leesman, who did struggle with his contro.He allowed one run on four hits and five bases on balls through five frames, before Dylan Axlerod took the loss with a homer given up in the 10th. The bats totaled eight hits and walked once with Alexei Ramirez and Blake Tekotte blasting solo home runs. Rookie right hander Andre Rienzo gets his third career start when he faces off with Minnesota for the first time. Rienzo has thrown the ball well in two starts with two runs given up in 13 frames.
At this point I would say Minnesota is the better choice because the White Sox are simply unpredictable. I'm going against the grain a bit here because I think Rienzo gives Chicago a shot but no way would I lay the chalk...