Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox Predictions, Odds & Picks (September 16)
- White Sox pulling away in AL Central
- Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson making MVP case
- Uncertain pitching matchup
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Twins vs White Sox Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Minnesota Twins||+1.5 -155||O 8.5 -113||+130|
|Chicago White Sox||-1.5 +130||U 8.5 -108||-155|
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Twins vs White Sox Predictions and Picks
It’s hard to pick a total without knowing who will pitch for one side, but one thing we do know is the White Sox are red hot. We will take the White Sox both money line and against the spread.
Betting record through 9/15/20 (29-24-1)
Twins are 5-0 in last five games vs. a starter with a WHIP under 1.15
Twins are 6-2 in last eight vs. teams with a winning record
Twins are 9-3 in last 12 vs. AL Central
Twins are 10-4 in last 14 overall
Twins are 5-2 in last seven Wednesday games
Under is 6-1-1 in Twins last eight during game 3 of a series
Under is 13-4-1 in Twins last 18 vs. team with a winning record
Under is 9-3-2 in Twins last 14 road games
Under is 21-8-2 in Twins last 21 overall
Under is 37-17-1 in Twins last 55 games vs. right-handed starter
Twins are 6-3 in last nine meetings in Chicago
White Sox are 13-1 in last 14 games as home favorite
White Sox are 14-3 in last 17 home games
White Sox are 23-6 in last 29 games vs. AL Central
Under is 7-1-1 in White Sox last nine overall
Under is 5-1 in White Sox last six home games
How to Watch Twins vs White Sox
|Twins vs White Sox Information|
|What||Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox|
|Where||Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL|
|When||Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 8:10 PM EST|
|How to Watch||NBC Sports Chicago, Fox Sports North|
White Sox Have Arrived
For more than a month, the White Sox have been more than a cute story, they’ve been a team to be feared. That’s only becoming truer by the day after beating the Twins for the second time in a row, extending their winning streak to six games, their 10th victory in the last 11 games.They’re doing it both with the offense, averaging just less than seven runs per game during the winning streak, and solid pitching, holding opponents to three runs or less in eight of the last nine games.
The pitching staff is third in the majors with a team ERA (3.48), sixth in batting average against (.228), and ninth in WHIP (1.25) and quality starts (16). They also rank six in all the major offensive categories including second in batting average (.274), third in slugging percentage (.471), fourth in runs (256) and sixth in on-base percentage (.337).
On Tuesday, it was Dane Dunning throwing seven innings and giving up just one run in his fifth MLB start, who was the star of the game.
White Sox Have Two MVP Candidates
Nobody on the White Sox has won the MVP since 1994 (when Frank Thomas went back-to-back in 1993-94). However, there’s a very good chance that changes this year, as the south siders have two of the leading candidates in the American League.
The favorite, as it currently stands, is first baseman Jose Abreu. Through 207 plate appearances, Abreu slashed .320/.362/.619 with 15 home runs, a league leading 48 RBI, 120 total bases, 62 hits, 11 walks, 162 OPS+ and 2.4 bWAR.
From mid-August to early September, Abreu had a 22-game hitting streak where he went .370/.414/.772 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI. The day after it was snapped, he went 4-for-4.
Another top-five candidate is shortstop Tim Anderson. Anderson leads the majors with a .373 batting average, to go with seven home runs, 18 RBI, 169 OPS+, and 2.1 bWAR. Should he hold onto the batting average lead, it would be his second straight batting title and he’s done it by being red hot of late, having multiple-hit games in nine of the last 13.
Twins Starter Yet to Be Named
We know who is going to be on the mound for the White Sox and that’s their best pitcher, Lucas Giolito. Giolito already has one no-hitter this year but has been a bit more pedestrian since the best performance of his career: going 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA in three starts since.
The Twins have yet to announce a starter for Tuesday’s game.
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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.