Chicago White Sox (18-39) at Minnesota Twins (26-30)
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 6, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Twins -165 / Chicago White Sox +155 --- Over/Under: 9
The Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox square off in game three of their four game set from Target Field in MLB action on Wednesday.
The Chicago White Sox will look to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last six games, including splitting a doubleheader with the Twins on Tuesday, losing the first game 4-2 before taking the second half 6-3. In game one, Yan Moncada went 2 for 5 with a solo homer and Jose Abreu added an RBI double, while Reynaldo Lopez threw seven shutout innings, but couldn’t get the win as Nate Jones took the loss, falling to 2-2 after giving up all four runs in the 8th inning. In game two, Abreu led with two RBIs and a home run, while Yolmer Sanchez added a pair of doubles and two RBIs of his own. Lucas Giolito got the win to improve to 4-6 on the year, while Joakim Soria notched his 5th save of the campaign. Hector Santiago will start game three and is 1-2 with a 5.10 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. In his career, Santiago is 3-3 with a 5.73 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will look to rebound after settling for a split in Tuesday’s doubleheader. In game one, Eduardo Escobar hit a three run home run to top off Minnesota’s rally in the 8th inning, with Escobar adding a double as well to go 2 for 4 from the dish. Miguel San added an RBI of his own to round out Minnesota’s scoring. Fernando Romero ended up with a no decision after giving up both runs on seven hits over six innings, while Tyler Duffey got the win to improve to 1-1 and Fernando Rodney notched his 13th save of the year. In game two, Escobar struck again for a pair of doubles, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Zack Little took the loss after giving up all six runs on six hits over just three innings of work. Jake Odorizzi will start game three and is 3-2 with a 4.14 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. In his career, Odorizzi is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 27 strikeouts against the White Sox.
Chicago is 1-5 in Santiago’s last 6 road starts and 15-36 in their last 51 games overall while the under is 13-5 in Santiago’s last 18 starts overall. Minnesota is 12-3 in their last 15 home games against a left-handed starter and 6-2 in their last 8 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 division matchups. Chicago is 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.
The White Sox have been playing better baseball lately than they have for most of the season, however I just can’t trust Santiago for the life of me. The Twins had been playing well in their own right, winning four straight before dropping the second half of the doubleheader, but I’m willing to chalk that up to Littell making his major league debut. Odorizzi has been good for his new team with the exception of his last start, so I’ll take the Twins as I think Odorizzi bounces back with a strong outing in this one.