Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/22/14
Chicago White Sox (35-39) at Minnesota Twins (34-38)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
John Danks (L) (6-5) (3.974) vs. Philip Hughes (R) (7-3) (3.089)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -141 / Chicago White Sox +131 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-N
The Minnesota Twins look to sweep the Chicago White Sox with a win Sunday.
The White Sox have lost seven of their last nine games and have fallen five games below a .500 record. As has been the case all season, the White Sox pitching has killed them, allowing four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. The White Sox have a season ERA of 4.36, which is 27th in the majors. The White Sox have allowed four or more runs in 46 of their first 75 games. Offensively, Adam Dunn has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. John Danks takes the mound, and he’s 6-5 with a 3.97 ERA and has 62 strikeouts in 88.1 innings. Danks is 6-11 with a 5.18 ERA in 24 career starts against the Twins.
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The Twins can complete the four-game sweep and move within two games of .500 with a win Sunday. The difference in this series has been the Twins pitching staff which has allowed three or less runs in five of their last six games. Of course, this hasn’t been the case for much of the season, as the Twins have a horrible season ERA of 4.29. Offensively, Brian Dozier has five hits in the series and Kurt Suzuki has an eight-game hitting streak. Phil Hughes gets the ball, and he’s 7-3 with a 3.09 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in 90.1 innings. Hughes is 3-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 12 career games against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 8-18 in Danks' last 26 starts and 4-13 in Danks' last 17 road starts. The Twins are 4-1 in Hughes' last 5 home starts and 4-0 in Hughes' last 4 starts vs. American League Central. The White Sox are 1-9 in Danks' last 10 road starts vs. Twins.
You see Danks' career numbers against the Twins at Minnesota? Yeah. No thanks. I'll take the Twins and the chalk.