Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/20/14
Chicago White Sox (35-37) at Minnesota Twins (32-38)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Hector Noesi (R) (2-4) (4.378) vs. Ricky Nolasco (R) (4-5) (5.656)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -120 / Chicago White Sox +110 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-N
The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins will play game two of four on Friday night.
The White Sox are still trying to break out of their slump, as they’ve lost five of their last seven games. Of course, a lot of this has to do with a pitching staff that has an ERA of 4.35, but a usually solid lineup has produced three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The White Sox are 28-13 when scoring more than three runs this season. Offensively, Jose Abreu has 12 hits in his last nine games. Hector Noesi takes the hill, and he’s 2-5 with a 5.37 ERA and has 48 strikeouts in 47 innings. This will be Noesi’s second career start against the Twins.
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The Twins snapped a five-game losing streak with a win on Thursday, but are still five games below a .500 record. Same case with the White Sox, the Twins pitching staff is brutal with a 4.32 ERA, but the lineup has produced three or fewer runs in five of their last seven games. The Twins are 29-14 when scoring more than three runs this season. Offensively, Kurt Suzuki hs 12 hits in his last 10 games. Ricky Nolasco gets the ball, and he’s 4-5 with a 5.66 ERA and has 61 strikeouts in 84.1 innings. Nolasco is 0-2 with a 6.63 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 4-1 in Noesi's last 5 starts and 4-1 in Noesi's last 5 starts as an underdog. The Twins are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home favorite and 6-15 in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The White Sox are 18-8 in the last 26 meetings in Minnesota.
Hard to trust either one of these teams right now, but we do know that both are more than capable of scoring and giving up runs. The over looks like the play here.