Chicago White Sox vs Minnesota Twins Predictions, Odds & Picks (September 2)
- Scuffling Twins look to win a series
- White Sox have arrived, but how do they respond as the hunted?
- Jose Berrios has to turn it around for Twins to be an October threat
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White Sox vs Twins Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Chicago White Sox||+1.5 -154||O 9.5 -110||+135|
|Minnesota Twins||-1.5 +125||U 9.5 -110||-150|
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White Sox vs Twins Predictions and Picks
The Twins offense has been quiet for weeks, but Reynaldo Lopez hasn’t been able to get anybody out. Something has to give and we’re going to give that edge to the White Sox who have lost consecutive games just once since Aug. 11. We like the White Sox with the spread and the over.
Betting record through 9/1/20 (22-16-1)
White Sox are 6-1 in last seven Wednesday games
White Sox are 9-2 in last 11 games vs. AL Central
White Sox are 6-2 in last eight games vs. team with winning record
White Sox are 4-1 in last five during game 3 on the road
White Sox are 5-2 in last seven games vs. right-handed starter
Over is 4-2 in White Sox last six overall
Twins are 11-3in last 14 home games
Twins are 7-3 in last 10 during game 3 of a series
Twins are 1-6 in last seven games vs. AL Central
Twins are 1-6 in last seven games overall
Under is 7-1 in Twins last eight games vs. team with winning percentage above .600
Under is 24-8-2 in Twins last 34 overall
How to Watch White Sox vs Twins
|White Sox vs Twins Information|
|What||Chicago White Sox vs Minnesota Twins|
|Where||Target Field, Minneapolis, Minn.|
|When||Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 8:10 PM EST|
|How to Watch||NBC Sports Chicago, Fox Sports North|
Twins Finally End the Streak
Minnesota has finally won a baseball game. After losing the final two of a series to the Indians, getting swept by the Tigers in a three-game set, and then dropping the first game against the White Sox, Minnesota was able to eke out a 3-2 win over a red-hot Chicago team and snap a six-game skid.
The Twins were down 2-0 early but scored one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh to win it 3-2.
However, the issues with Minnesota haven’t completely been solved and that’s a lineup that on paper is deep but for some reason isn’t scoring runs. The Twins have been held to three runs or fewer in seven of eight games and have scored more than five runs just two times in the last 17 games.
They could have a decent chance to change that against Reynaldo Lopez. Lopez has started three games this year and hasn’t gone more than four innings, giving up runners at an alarmingly high rate. The southpaw enters play with an 0-1 record, 9.00 ERA, and 2.00 WHIP.
A victory would result in the Twins first series win since Aug. 21-23.
The White Sox Are a World Series Threat – Now Can They Respond Like It
The White Sox started slow. Then they became a fun story. Now the only team having fun when the White Sox are playing is the White Sox
Since the White Sox started 10-11, they’ve taken the AL Central and MLB by storm. Chicago has won four consecutive series and is 10-3 in their past 13 games.
The White Sox seem to have all the parts of a winning team you need: a reliable starting rotation, a handful of reliable bullpen arms, and above-average defense.
Oh, did we mention they also have the best offense in all of baseball? The White Sox lineup top to bottom is absolutely loaded, not a single easy out from 1-9. The question now isn’t if this team is good enough, it’s if they can handle the pressure.
There’s no telling whether they will or not because nobody on this team has been in this position before, but it’s certainly something to watch as the season goes on.
Chicago dropped the middle game of the series on Tuesday and now is tied with Cleveland atop the AL Central, just 1.5 games up on Minnesota. It’s a three-team race that looks like it will go down to the wire – a head-to-head win to take a road series would be a big statement to start September.
Pressure Is Officially on Jose Berrios
Jose Berrios is no longer a young pitcher. Sure, he’s only 26 years old, which is young in terms of age is young, but he’s now a seasoned ballplayer at the major league level.
This is Berrios’ fifth full season at the big league level and at this point, the Twins expected more from the right-hander with unbelievable natural talent. Berrios, who has thrown more than 192 innings each of the past two seasons and had both a sub 3.90 ERA and winning record for three consecutive seasons.
But this year, he’s only been able to put together a couple of solid appearances. Berrios is 2-3 overall with a 4.75 ERA and 1.47 WHIP – both of which would be the worst marks of his career since his rookie season.
He’s gone six innings just twice in seven appearances this year, which is when he picked up both of his wins.
In his other five appearances, Berrios has given up 18 earned runs in 24 innings – that’s not ideal from an Opening Day starter on a defending division champion.
He could be feeling a bit of pressure, trying to perform in a contract year, but that’s no excuse. If the Twins are going to make the October run so many predicted them to make, Berrios has to flip the switch.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.