Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox - 8/19/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7:10 PM (Target Center)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +170 / Minnesota Twins -200 -- Over/Under: 9.5
TV: WGN, FSN
The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins meet Monday in MLB action at Target Field.
The Chicago White Sox could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The White Sox have scored 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The Chicago White Sox have lost 14 of their last 15 games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 134 hits and 89 RBI while Leury Garcia and Tim Anderson have combined for 243 hits and 76 RBI. Ivan Nova gets the ball, and he is 8-9 with a 4.51 ERA and 89 strikeouts this season. Nova is 3-2 with a 3.45 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Twins have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Minnesota Twins have won six of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Jorge Polanco leads the Twins with 144 hits and 59 RBI while Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler have combined for 236 hits and 162 RBI. Kyle Gibson gets the ball, and he is 11-5 with a 4.28 ERA and 129 strikeouts this season. Gibson is 9-4 with a 2.74 ERA and 102 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 6-2 in their last 8 games following a loss, 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 5-0 in Novas last 5 starts. The Twins are 8-1 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series, 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 0-4 in Gibsons last 4 Monday starts. The White Sox are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Minnesota and 3-11 in the last 14 meetings. The over is 5-0 in Gibsons last 5 starts overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Novas last 4 starts overall.
Nova has allowed 41 hits and 12 earned runs in his last 53.1 innings, and he has a 4.43 ERA and .306 allowed batting average on the road. Gibson has allowed 46 hits and 22 earned runs in his last 44.2 innings, and he has a 4.41 ERA and .218 allowed batting average at home. Nova has been sharp these last couple of months and has allowed just one earned run in his last 22 innings, so you can make a case for the White Sox and the big plus money. However, Gibson hasn't been easy to hit at home this season and if the Minnesota Twins are truly going to win the AL Central, they need to take full advantage of these games against bottom feeders. I'll take the Minnesota Twins and the RL for added value.