Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Friday May 24, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins: -1.5 (-110) / Chicago White Sox: 1.5 (-110)
The Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins meet in game one of a three game AL Central division weekend set from Target Field in MLB action on Friday night.
The Chicago White Sox will look to build on a series split with Houston following their 4-0 victory in Thursday’s series finale. Eloy Jimenez had a solo home run while Yoan Moncada had a double and an RBI and Tim Anderson went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Yolmer Sanchez went 3 for 4 with a double while Jose Abreu, James McCann, Leury Garcia and Charlie Tilson each had base hits as well in the win. Lucas Giolito got the win to improve to 6-1 on the year after throwing a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits while striking out nine in the victory. Reynaldo Lopez will start game one and is 3-4 with a 5.14 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lopez is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games, including a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 16-7 win in the series finale on Thursday. Jonathan Schoop had a home run and four RBIs, while Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each had three RBIs with Sano hitting a pair of home runs while Polanco had a homer and a double. Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario each had a home run and two RBIs with Kepler going 3 for 5 with a double. C.J. Cron and Luis Arraez each had an RBI to round out Minnesota’s scoring with Cron going 5 for 6 at the plate with a solo home run and a pair of doubles. Martin Perez got the win to improve to 7-1 on the year after allowing two runs on six hits while walking four and striking out three over five innings of work. Jose Berrios will start game one and is 6-2 with a 3.39 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. In his career, Berrios is 7-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 67 strikeouts against the White Sox.
Chicago is 0-4 in Lopez’s last 4 road starts and 7-2 in their last 9 series opening matchups while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Minnesota is 24-6 in Berrios’ last 30 home starts and 38-16 in their last 54 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Minnesota is 6-0 in Berrios’ last 6 starts against the White Sox and 5-0 in Berrios’ last 5 home starts against Chicago.
You could make a case for Chicago and the plus money, as the White Sox really stepped up their game to close out the series against Houston, and Lopez has allowed just one earned run in back-to-back starts while Berrios has given up nine runs in 10.1 innings in his last two starts. However, Berrios has owned the White Sox in his career, and the Twins have broken out offensively in a major way during this recent winning stretch. I’ll give Berrios the benefit of the doubt given his history with the White Sox, and to get rid of some of the heavy juice, since each of Minnesota’s last six wins have come by two or more runs, I’ll back the Twins on the RL.