Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/31/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (50-52) at Minnesota Twins (39-63)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
C Rodon (2-7) (4.50) vs. E Santana (3-9) (3.78)
The Line: Minnesota Twins TBA / Chicago White Sox TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSN
Coming up in MLB action on Sunday from Target Field, the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins will be wrapping up their series.
This will be the final game of the set. In Friday’s opener, we had a barn-burner as the Twins eked out a 2-1 win in 12 innings. On Saturday, we had some late fireworks as well when the game went to an extra inning, but the White Sox would triumph 6-5.
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Pitching for the White Sox on Sunday will be Carlos Rodon. In his 16 starts and 2-7 record this year, Rodon owns a 4.50 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP in his 92 innings. Rodon is making his return from a wrist injury and has not pitched since July 5 (loss; 12 hits; six runs; five innings).
We’ve got some notable Chicago swingers at the plate as well. Melky Cabrera sits on 111 hits with 44 runs, nine homers and 48 RBI. Adam Eaton has managed 108 hits with 49 runs, seven homers and 36 RBI. Jose Abreu is standing tall with his 107 hits, 35 runs, 11 homers and 56 RBI. Abreu went 0-for-5 on Saturday, though.
Over on the Twins’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Ervin Santana take the mound Sunday. In his 19 starts and 3-9 record this year, Santana has put up a 3.78 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP in 114.1 innings. In a complete-game loss against the Braves his last time out, Santana allowed just two runs on seven hits in a tough-luck scenario.
Taking the bats for Minnesota, a few key names stick out. Eduardo Nunez has hit 110 times with 49 runs, 12 homers and 47 RBI. Joe Mauer has 93 hits with 49 runs and 32 RBI. Brian Dozier has been the power man on 17 homers, 92 hits, 52 RBI and 54 runs in 2016.
The White Sox are 1-4 in their last five game threes of a series, and 6-11 in their last 17 overall. Chicago is also 9-22 in their last 31 road games, and 8-19 in their last 27 versus the American League Central.
As for the Twins, they’re 5-1 in their last six game threes of a series, and 5-2 in their last seven Sunday games. Minnesota is also 5-16 in Santana ’s last 21 starts, and 2-10 in Santana’s last 12 home starts.
I like Santana to hang in there for this game, but I don’t think the Twins have the firepower to help him out. I’ll take the White Sox here.