Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/15/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (4-8) at Minnesota Twins (7-4)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
M Gonzalez (0-2) (8.68) vs. L Lynn (0-1) (5.00)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -175 / Chicago White Sox +157 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, WGN
We have some AL Central division MLB action on Sunday, as the Chicago White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins from Target Field.
The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound after losing 8 of their last 10 games, including a 4-0 loss in Thursday’s series opener. Nicky Delmonico, Yolmer Sanchez and Tim Anderson each recorded a base hit as the White Sox mustered up just those three hits as a team in the loss, with none of them going for more than a single base. Lucas Giolito took the loss after giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits while walking five and striking out three to fall to 0-2 this season. Miguel Gonzalez will start on Saturday and is 0-2 with an 8.68 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gonzalez is 2-2 with a 4.29 ERA and 34 strikeouts against Minnesota.
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The Minnesota Twins will look to notch another win after their series opening victory on Thursday, pushing their winning streak to three games. Joe Mauer went 2 for 3 at the dish with three RBIs, while Brian Dozier added a double and an RBI to round out the scoring for the Twins in the victory. Miguel San and Eddie Rosario each had a double, while Eduardo Escobar and Byron Buxton each added a base hit of their own to finish off the offensive output from Minnesota in the win. Jose Berrios got the win after throwing seven innings of three hit shutout baseball, striking out eleven to improve to 2-1 this season. Lance Lynn will start for the Twins on Saturday and is 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lynn is 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 26 strikeouts against the White Sox.
Chicago is 5-15 in Gonzalez’s last 20 starts and 1-6 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Minnesota is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 18-7 in their last 25 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 division matchups. Chicago is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Minnesota.
There’s not a chance that I’m going to be backing the White Sox here, as Gonzalez has been shaky at best to start the year, giving up nine runs in 9.1 innings of work. However, I’m not comfortable laying this juice with Minnesota either. Sure, Lynn is probably the better pitcher here and has the better lineup behind him and did just hold the strong Astros offense to five shutout innings. But Lynn still doesn’t look comfortable in his new digs and while the under has been a common theme in past meetings, I think siding with the over on a relatively low total is the play here as I’m expecting both hurlers to get chased.