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Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 8/17/13

Chicago White Sox (47-74) at Minnesota Twins (54-66)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Target Field)

Chris Sale (L) (8-11) (2.728) vs. Andrew Albers (L) (2-0) (0.000)

The Line: Minnesota Twins -105 / Chicago White Sox -105 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN, FS-North

The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins square off at Target Field in AL Central action.

The White Sox have been out of the American League Central race for quite some time but the team has played some good baseball over the last few weeks and haven't given up. A 5-2 victory over the Twins on Friday was nice scoring for a team that often struggles at the plate and gave plenty of support to Jose Quintana who has thrown the ball well in 2013. Quintana picked up the win with both runs given up on six hits and a pair of walks in six innings pitched. The bats managed ten hits and walked once with Adam Dunn and Jeff Keppinger clubbing homers, while Dayan Viciedo drove in two. The White Sox will send ace Chris Sale to the bump to face Minnesota Saturday. Sale has been rock solid for Chicago but doesn't get a ton of run support which is why he has two wins in his last ten starts despite eight quality outings.

Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 8/17/13

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Minnesota is very similar to the White Sox in that they have been out of the American League Central race for awhile yet have not given up and are playing decent baseball as of late. The Twins are a team that needs both their arms and bats to contribute as neither is strong enough to win on their own merits. Nether put up much of a fight Friday which was a death blow with starter Kevin Correia charged with all five runs (four earned) on nine hits and a base on balls through 7.1 innings of work. The bats had their chances on a nine hit, three walk attack producing a Joe Mauer home run and a Brian Dozier RBI single. Rookie left hander Andrew Albers draws Saturday's start against the rival White Sox. Albers has tossed two shut outs in his only two starts, allowing six hits and issuing one walk over 17.1 frames.

Albers looks like the real deal but after only two starts I am not ready to proclaim him Cy Young. On the other hand, Chris Sale is one of the best especially if he gets a few runs to work with. I'm going against the grain here but not real confident...

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