Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
|Date & Time||Thursday July 25, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago White Sox +130 / Minnesota Twins -150
The Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox meet in the opener of a four game AL Central division set in MLB action from Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday.
The Minnesota Twins will look to bounce back after losing their series with the Yankees, dropping Wednesday’s rubber match by a final score of 10-7. Eddie Rosario and Marwin Gonzalez each had a home run and two RBIs while Nelson Cruz added a solo home run. Mitch Garver and Jake Cave each chipped in RBIs as well to cap off Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the loss. Luis Arraez and Jonathan Schoop each chipped in a pair of hits to cap off the Twins’ offense in defeat. Jake Odorizzi took the loss, falling to 11-5 on the year after allowing nine runs on ten hits while striking out seven over four innings of work. Jose Berrios will start game one and is 8-5 with a 2.96 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season. In his career, Berrios is 8-2 with a 2.21 ERA and 76 strikeouts against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound after losing their interleague series with Miami, dropping Wednesday’s finale by a final score of 2-0. Ryan Goins had a double while Leury Garcia, Jon Jay, Yoan Moncada and James McCann each had base hits as the White Sox had just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Reynaldo Lopez took the loss, falling to 5-9 on the year after allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out ten over eight innings of work. Lucas Giolito will start game one and is 11-4 with a 3.12 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. In his career, Giolito is 3-3 with a 4.86 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 7-2 in Berrios’ last 9 division starts and 31-13 in their last 44 division games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. Chicago is 5-1 in Giolito’s last 6 division starts and 3-9 in their last 12 games overall while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 division games. Minnesota is 7-1 in Berrios’ last 8 starts against the White Sox.
I’d like to take the White Sox and plus money at home, but the problem is that the offense is flat right now and the White Sox have lost four of Giolito’s last six starts after being hot for most of the first half of the season. Berrios has a higher ERA on the road than at home and just allowed six runs in his last turn against the White Sox, but he’s had success against the White Sox for the majority of his career and has the more consistent offensive lineup behind him, so I’ll lay the juice with Minnesota to take game one on Thursday.