Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Predictions & Picks
Date: Tuesday, August 10
Time: 8:10pm ET
Where: Target Field
Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Probable Pitchers
- White Sox: Dallas Keuchel (7-5, 4.44 ERA)
- Twins: Griffin Jax (2-1, 5.63 ERA)
The White Sox and Twins meet again on Tuesday night. This series features two teams headed in complete opposite directions and Monday’s first game between the two showed just that as the White Sox won, 11-1.
It’s hard to think of a team better positioned to make a late run than the Chicago White Sox. For starters, they already have a commanding 10.5-game lead in the AL Central, the biggest lead in baseball when it comes to No. 1 and No. 2 in a division.
Now, add to that that two of the best young players in the game, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, are both back after going down with what looked like serious injuries and you’ve got yourself a real World Series threat.
As for the Twins, what started as a promising season is now dead in the water. Not just for this season but maybe for seasons to come as well. They traded slugger Nelson Cruz to the Rays and shipped off their best young starting pitcher, Jose Berrios, at the deadline. There were even rumors that they were exploring trading Byron Buxton, which makes no sense.
I have good news and bad news for the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.
The good news is you’re facing far and away the worst pitcher that the White Sox have in their starting rotation in Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel is no longer the Cy-Young caliber pitcher he once was, and if you’re going to get to a White Sox pitcher, he’s your best bet.
The bad news for the Twins is Keuchel would be the best or second best pitcher on Minnesota if he was to switch teams, so no matter what it looks like the White Sox are going to have the pitching advantage.
His last time out, Keuchel was solid, pitching six innings and allowing just two earned runs while striking out five and forcing 10 ground balls. He isn’t going to blow it by many guys, but he still knows how to get batters out.
The last time Keuchel faced the Twins, when they had Nelson Cruz, he let up two earned runs in five innings pitched. Nothing to write home about but solid.
For The Twins, they have 26-year old Griffin Jax taking the mound and he does have on start against the White Sox this season. While it didn’t last long, just four innings, he managed to hold the potent offense to one run.
Unfortunately for Jax, this is the wrong time to face this White Sox lineup. They’ve scored 20 runs in their last two games, including an insane FOUR home runs, two in each game, from Eloy Jimenez.
There was a time when people thought that both Jimenez and Luis Robert could miss the entire season. Now, they’re both back and playing great baseball.
I absolutely hate betting run lines in baseball. But, taking the White Sox to win by at least two here feels right. I think they hurt Jax early and put up a big number. I’m tempted for the over as well, but think I’m going to lay off as I’m not sure what to expect from Minnesota.
Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Prediction: White Sox -1.5 @ -125
Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Odds & Lines
Chicago White Sox -149
Minnesota Twins +143
Chicago White Sox -1.5: +100
Minnesota Twins +1.5: -110
Over 10.5: -107
Under 10.5: -104