Chicago White Sox (45-77) at Minnesota Twins (58-64)
|Date & Time||Monday August 20, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Twins -173 / Chicago White Sox +163 --- Over/Under: 9.5
Up at Target Field on Monday, the Chicago White Sox will be visiting the Minnesota Twins to kick off their MLB set.
The Sox are coming off a series versus the Royals. After splitting the first pair of games, on Sunday Chicago eked out a 7-6 win. Each team had a six-run inning in that game.
For the Monday game, the Sox will be sending out RHP Lucas Giolito. In his 131.2 innings and 8-9 record this year, Giolito has a 6.15 ERA with 91 Ks and 72 BBs.
Heading up the Sox offense this year is Jose Abreu, who entered the week on 126 hits, 65 runs, 22 homers and 76 RBI. On Sunday, Abreu had a hit and a run.
Over on the Twins’ side, they’re coming off a set against the Tigers. After winning two of the first three games, in the Sunday finale Minnesota squeaked by 5-4.
Minnesota will be going with Jose Berrios on Monday. Across 153.2 innings and an 11-8 mark this year, Berrios has a 3.75 ERA with 157 Ks and 44 BBs.
Minnesota’s top hitter this season is Eddie Rosario, who entered the week on 143 hits, 77 runs, 21 homers and 69 RBI. In the Sunday game Rosario hit a solo homer with two RBI on the day.
The White Sox are 12-27 in their last 39 in game one of a series and 1-7 in their last eight Monday games. Chicago is also 5-1 in Giolito’s last six road starts and 5-1 in his last six starts.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 9-3 in their last 12 in game one of a series and 5-2 in their last seven Monday games. Minnesota is also 20-6 in Berrios’ last 26 home starts and 1-5 in his last six starts with four days’ rest.
Looking at Giolito’s last four games, he has two quality starts (four earned in 13.0 innings) and two stinkers (9.1 innings; 12 earned) mixed in there. Both bad games came at home. As for Berrios, he’s given up seven earned in 7.2 innings over his last two starts. I’m going to assume Giolito keeps up with his trends and has a decent outing here so I’ll take the Sox. The over doesn’t look too bad, either.