Preview: White Sox at Twins

Current Conditions - Minneapolis
CLOUDY 74 °F
Wind: CLM 0
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Chicago White Sox (50-54) at Minnesota Twins (46-56)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 26 - 7:10 PM EST
WHERE: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
LINE: -165, 152 TOTAL: 7.5


Chris Sale looks to keep alive a phenomenal run on Saturday when he leads the Chicago White Sox into the third of four straight matchups at Minnesota. The lanky left-hander has allowed three runs or less in seven straight starts and exactly one run in each of his last three outings, including seven dominant frames against Kansas City on Monday. Sale is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA over a four-start span and is part of a White Sox trio of southpaws who have combined to go 23-14 this year.

One of those left-handers, John Danks, was the winner Friday after giving up four runs in seven innings of a 9-5 triumph. Chicago slugger Jose Abreu set the tone with a three-run homer before an out was even recorded, extending his hitting streak to 15 games and becoming the first player in the majors to reach 30 home runs. The rookie is hitting .365 with three homers during the streak and is batting .333 against Minnesota.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), FSN North (Minnesota)

PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox LH Chris Sale (9-1, 2.03 ERA) vs. LH Logan Darnell (0-0, 0.00)

Sale opened his season by allowing three runs and striking out eight in 7 1/3 innings against Minnesota on March 31. He is 5-1 with a 2.42 ERA in his career against the Twins and 3-1 with a 2.83 mark at Target Field. The three-time All-Star entered Friday leading the American League in winning percentage (.900), WHIP (0.863) and hits per nine innings (6.3).

Darnell, who has made one relief appearance in his major-league career, takes the rotation spot of Kyle Gibson, who is unable to go due to a stiff back. Darnell was 5-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Rochester, allowing 96 hits and 40 walks in 94 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old was a sixth-round pick in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky.

WALK-OFFS


1. Chicago is hitting .288 over its last 16 games in Minnesota.

2. Twins LF Josh Willingham is 3-for-20 with 11 strikeouts against Sale.

3. White Sox Adam Eaton has hit safely in 11 of 12 games.

PREDICTION:
White Sox 5, Twins 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Chi. White Sox 50-54 W2 27-24 23-30 12-10 20-23 8-13 10-8
Minnesota 46-56 L2 23-28 23-28 13-15 19-17 8-15 6-9

Last Meeting

Chi. White Sox Minnesota
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/25/14 CHW 9 MIN 5 .378 3 1.039 .257 2 .679

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CHW C. Gillaspie .379 11 .883
MIN K. Suzuki .452 14 1.005
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CHW A. De Aza 3 7 4
MIN J. Willingham 2 5 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
CHW 4.63 .288 65
MIN 4.96 .248 60
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CHW J. Abreu .292 103 .962
MIN K. Suzuki .309 92 .758
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CHW J. Abreu 30 54 77
MIN B. Dozier 19 72 47
Pitching ERA Avg K
CHW 4.16 .253 739
MIN 4.32 .245 623

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 140 -165
-105
7.5
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu
164
-171
100
7.5
CarbonSports 157 -180
-105
7.5
GTBets.eu 156 -171
-105
7.5
Top Bet 150 -170
-105
7.5
SBO.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDSI 140 -165
-105
7.5
Sportsbook 157 -180
-105
7.5
BookMaker.eu 140 -165
-105
7.5
Vegas Odds
LVH 153
-163
-115
7.5
Mirage 145 -165
-115
7.5
Station 150 -165 OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Chi. White Sox Overall Minnesota
50-54 W/L 46-56
55-49 RL W/L 51-51
52-49-3 O/U 50-47-5
4.27 Runs For 4.16
4.49 Runs Against 4.51
Chi. White Sox A/H Minnesota
23-30 W/L 23-28
31-22 RL W/L 18-33
26-24-3 O/U 26-22-3
4.30 Runs For 4.24
4.58 Runs Against 4.84