The Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox are set to face each other in what should be a fun Friday night game between two division rivals. Currently, most sportsbooks have the Minnesota Twins winning at -1.5.
Chicago will play host to Minnesota, with the position of the road team, a role that Minnesota has enjoyed. With a 52-28 record overall, they have a 26-14 record on the road. With a 34-14 record as the favorite, the odds are certainly in their favor.
Conversely, Chicago has not fared well as the underdog. They hold a 23-34 record with that distinction. In addition, they are 36-42 ATS, while Minnesota is 45-34 ATS.
Berrios looks to keep rolling
José Berrios looks to add another win to his total for Minnesota. In his last time out against the Kansas City Royals on June 22, he had an average game in what was a no-decision.
In seven innings pitched, he gave up five hits and two earned runs, walking three, and striking out three as well. It was a rather pedestrian game for a pitcher that has been mostly on the money this season. He looks to face a Chicago lineup that knows him well.
Just because they know him well does not mean that they can get many hits off of him. In 145 combined at-bats, they have 32 hits. That is good enough for a .221 average.
One player that can say he has success against Berrios is James McCann. In 11 at-bats, he has five hits, two of them being home runs. With seven runs batted in, he has also proved to be efficient, striking out only once. That is good enough for a .455 batting average.
One other player that has proven he can have success is Charlie Tilson. In five at-bats, he has two hits. He left Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox with flu-like symptoms. There is no official word on whether or not he will be able to play Friday, but should he be able to, that would be a big boost to a Chicago lineup that is going to need it against Minnesota’s ace.
Abreu needs to stay sharp
In Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox, Jose Abreu had quite a day. In five at-bats, he had three hits and four runs batted in. For the season, he has a .260 batting average. There is no doubt that he is a leader of the White Sox offense, and I do not expect that to change against the Twins.
In the month of June alone, he has performed well. In 87 at-bats, he has 25 hits, including four home runs. With nine runs batted in, he has a .287 average. He ranks third in the American League in runs batted in with 59, and seventh in the American League in home runs with 19.
An interesting stretch
Over the last 10 games, Minnesota has a 5-5 mark. Chicago has struggled with a 3-7 record. With a win over the Red Sox on Wednesday, a win again on Friday would give them something to build on.
I would take Minnesota at -1.5 in this one. They have been one of the best teams in the American League for several months now, and their stellar play both offensively and defensively is a reason why. I do not expect that to change on Friday against Chicago. Make sure to bet the Twin Cities in this one.