Minnesota Twins (39-52) vs. Chicago White Sox (55-35)
July 19, 2021 8:40 pm EDT
The Line: Game 1: Chicago White Sox -188 / Minnesota Twins +172 ; Over/Under: 7 --- Game 2: Chicago White Sox +120 / Minnesota Twins -130 - Over/Under: 7.5
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The Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox meet Monday in MLB doubleheader action from Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Twins are coming off a three-game weekend set versus the Tigers. Minnesota lost the first two games, then on Sunday the Twins fell again. As for the White Sox, they played the Astros in their last series. Chicago split the first two games there, then on Sunday Chicago posted a shutout win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Minnesota took a pair of tough losses on Saturday in the doubleheader versus the Tigers, falling 1-0 and 5-4. In the Sunday finale, the Twins couldn’t get much going, notching six hits in a 7-0 defeat. JA Happ went 7.0 innings with seven earned on 11 hits.
For the starter job in the Monday game one, the Twins will send out Griffin Jax. Over five games and one start so far this year, Jax has a 1-1 record with an 8.66 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 17.2 innings of work. For game two, Minnesota will go with Jose Berrios. This year Berrios has a 7-3 record with a 3.48 ERA and 114 Ks.
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Over on the White Sox’ side, they fell 7-1 to the Astros on Friday but bounced back for a 10-1 victory on Saturday. In the Sunday rubber match, Chicago held the Astros to just one hit in a nice 4-0 win. Carlos Rodon put up 7.0 innings with one hit and 10 Ks.
For game one on Monday, the Sox will send Lance Lynn to the mound in the start. This year Lynn has a 1.99 ERA with 105 Ks and 31 walks in 90.1 innings. For the game two nod, the White Sox were slow to announce a name; we could see a bullpen combination here.
The Twins are 4-1 in their last five Monday games and 7-19 in their last 26 with a total of 7.0-8.5. Minnesota is 0-4 in their last four opening games of doubleheaders and the over is 6-2-1 in their last nine Monday games.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 49-17 in their last 66 versus a team with a losing record and 48-19 in their last 67 home games. Chicago is 49-23 in their last 72 versus the AL Central and the over is 8-1-1 in their last nine in game one of a series.
PICKS: For game one I’m going with the Sox. Lynn is rolling pretty well right now, notching just two earned on eight hits with eight walks in 12.0 innings over his last pair of starts. If Jax can notch a few good innings the Twins can hang around, but I think this one’s Chicago’s.
As for game two I’m going to take a stab on the Twins. Berrios has five earned on four hits during 14.0 innings over his last two starts, and I think he’ll put Minnesota in a good spot for a victory in the nightcap. Should be a fun matchup.