Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins - 10/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (57-102) at Chicago White Sox (77-82)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
H Santiago (12-10) (4.87) vs. J Shields (6-18) (5.82)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -110 / Minnesota Twins +100 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox look to keep the bats hot after a big win at home yesterday as they continue their series at home against the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins haven’t had a great year as a team despite a torrid statistical year for second baseman Brian Dozier and if they’re going to get back in the fold in the AL Central next season they are going to have to add a couple of bats and certainly a few arms. The Twins have a thin starting rotation but will throw Hector Santiago who will be leaned on moving forward as one of the team’s aces after the team dealt Ricky Nolasco to get him at the trade deadline and he will be out for a win here against James Shields. Santiago is 12-10 with a 4.87 ERA this season while Shields has had a forgettable season to say the least as he is 6-18 with a 5.82 mark in what has been a big disappointment for the South Siders who acquired him from the padres early in the season.
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Chicago looked as though they were capable of going on a run in the AL Central this season but after a fast start they really fell off and will not be going to the playoffs this season. Chicago does have a great nucleus though and will look to build on that this winter and if they bring in another pitcher to go alongside Chris Sale and Jose Quintana this group could be the dark horse everyone expected to see this season. The White Sox are 77-82 this season and will be out to make a statement in their final series of the season and while it comes against the 57-102 Minnesota Twins I think some positive momentum heading into the offseason will be big for this team.
The Twins are 14-38 in their last 52 overall, 3-7 in Santiago’s last 10 starts, and 7-19 in their last 26 road games while the White Sox are 4-1 in their last five home games, 5-1 in their last six overall, and 2-6 in Shields’ last eight starts. The White Sox are the better team here by a landslide and even though Shields has struggled I think they get the win here with ease.