Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/2/14
Minnesota Twins (0-1) at Chicago White Sox (1-0)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Kevin Correia (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Felipe Paulino (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -135 / Minnesota Twins +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, CSN-Chicago
American League Central foes the Minnesota Twins take the field with the Chicago White Sox Wednesday.
Minnesota had little to cheer about in 2013 and if their opening day 5-3 loss at the White Sox is any indication 2014 will be a long one. Facing Chris Sale wasn't exactly a sight for sore eyes and neither was the performance of Ricky Nolasco who allowed all five runs on ten hits and a pair of walks including two homers in six innings. The offense managed seven hits and a walk with Kurt Suzuki driving in two in the 3rd and another in the 8th while Chris Colabello and Aaron Hicks recorded two hits apiece. Veteran Kevin Correia gets the starting nod versus the White Sox after an up and down seaso that saw him go 9-13 with a 4.18 ERA in 31 starts.
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Chris Sale is one of the best young arms in the game that has 20 game winner written all over him if he can get some steady run support and his bullpen can get outs. Neither was a guarantee a year ago but both were in the opener. Sale allowed all three runs on five hits and a walk while posting eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work. The bats came through with an eleven hit, two walk attack that saw Alejandro De Aza smack a two run homer aand solo bomb. Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn posted RBI's as well with five players totaling two hits each. Right hander Felipe Paulino makes his first major league start since june of 2012 since having Tommy John surgery. At that point Paulino was 3-1 with 1.67 ERA but has a career high of 124 innings.
The White Sox can certainly win this and I wouldn't be surprised but laying chalk with a guy who hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors in over a year is not my cup of tea. Of course the Twins and Correia are beatable...