Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
|Date & Time||Sunday June 30, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago White Sox / Minnesota Twins -- O/U:
The Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox meet in the rubber match of their three game AL Central division set from Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday.
The Minnesota Twins will look to win the set after evening the series up at one win apiece following a 10-3 win in game two on Saturday. Nelson Cruz led the Twins by going 4 for 5 with a pair of home runs, a double and five RBIs while Max Kepler had a pair of solo home runs and Miguel Sano had a homer and two RBIs of his own. Jorge Polanco and Jason Castro each went 2 for 4 at the dish and Jonathan Schoop had a double while Marwin Gonzalez had a base hit to finish off Minny’s offense as a team in the victory. Michael Pineda gave up one run on four hits while striking out eight over six innings of work, getting the win to improve to 5-4 on the year. Lewis Thorpe will be making his major league debut for the Twins here and was 3-4 with a 5.71 ERA and 88 strikeouts for AAA Rochester this season.
The Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back and pick up a series win after dropping game two on Saturday. Eloy Jimenez had a solo home run and Jon Jay had a double and an RBI while Leury Garcia went 2 for 5 with an RBi to finish off Chicago’s scoring as a team in the loss. Yolmer Sanchez had a triple while Yoan Moncada and Charlie Tilson each contributed base hits as well in the defeat. Ivan Nova fel to 3-7 on the year after allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Lucas Giolito will start game three and is 10-2 with a 2.87 ERA and 111 strikeouts this season. In his career, Giolito is 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA and 19 strikeouts against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 59-29 in their last 88 games overall and 18-8 in their last 26 road games while the over is 10-3-1 in their last 14 game three matchups. Chicago is 9-2 in Giolito’s last 11 starts and 9-3 in their last 12 division games while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 home games. Minnesota is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
Giolito has allowed nine runs in his last two starts, but the fact is that he’s been the staff ace this season and has been the definition of a stopper for the White Sox this season. Minnesota has been solid for the longer stretch of time, but I’m not keen on pitchers making their major league debut midway through the year, especially when the pitcher hasn’t been that great in the minors this season like Thorpe. An ERA just south of six in AAA isn’t going to you any favors at the major league level, and I think the White Sox finish the series strong behind their ace here.