Every season in the MLB, we see a couple of teams come out of nowhere to spring a surprise in the first half. It’s always fun to watch, but also always a little disappointing when those teams are unable to sustain a serious challenge all the way to the end. There have been a couple of teams like that this year, with the signs now pointing to them both potentially being in a little spot of bother. The Tampa Bay Rays have seen their challenge in the AL East fall by the wayside, with a poor run of form also seeing them drop out of the Wild Card spot that they had been occupying for so long.
Another team that started the season with a bang is the Minnesota Twins, and while they are still occupying the top spot in the AL Central, they have seen their big lead seriously cut into by the Cleveland Indians. It is going to be interesting to see if the Twins can get back on track, which they have a shot at doing in their weekend series with the Chicago White Sox. The Twins are favored by 1 ½, with the run total set at 8 ½ on Thursday.
Twins vs White Sox MLB Odds, Game Info & Expert Pick
- When: Thursday, July 25, at 8:10 PM EST
- Where: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago
- Starting Pitchers: Berrios vs. Giolito
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: 720 AM
- MLB Odds: Minnesota Twins -140 (Total 8.5)
Why bet on the Minnesota Twins?While the Minnesota twins are still in a position of power in the race for a division crown and a playoff spot, it might be time for fans to start getting a little nervous. The Cleveland Indians have suddenly come to life, cutting Minnesota’s double-digit lead down to just 2 games. At 61-40, you still have to be impressed with what the Twins have accomplished to this point in the season, but it will all be for naught if they totally blow the division lead and also fall out of the Wild Card race.
They are coming off back to back losses to the Yankees, after winning the opening game in that series, and are now just 3-7 in their last 10. The Twins have a 4-2 lead in the season series with the White Sox and will have Jose Berrios (8-5, 2.96 ERA) on the mound for this one.
- Runs: 5.69
- Hits: 9.64
- Walks: 3.15
- Strike Outs: 8.00
- Runs: 4.58
- Hits: 8.71
- Walks: 2.92
- Strike Outs: 8.75
Why bet on the Chicago White Sox?For a while, the White Sox flirted with the Wild Card, but they have since fallen off the pace and now look like a team destined to play the role of spoiler in the closing weeks of the season. The White Sox have fallen to 45-54 on the season and are on a run that has seen them win just 3 of their last 10 games, with their bats suddenly going rather cold.
After beating Miami 9-1, the White Sox then managed just 3 total runs in the next 2 games. While that may prompt you to look at the under, it is worth noting that 5 of the last 7 games that the White Sox have played against AL Central opposition have gone OVER. They will have Lucas Giolito (11-4, 3.12 ERA) on the mound for this one.
- Runs: 4.27
- Hits: 8.62
- Walks: 2.41
- Strike Outs: 9.49
- Runs: 5.22
- Hits: 8.94
- Walks: 3.60
- Strike Outs: 7.78
Twins vs White Sox MLB Betting Trends
- Twins are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games played in July
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 games on the road
- White Sox are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games this season
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi White Sox’s last 7 games against an opponent in the American League Central division
- White Sox are 29-25 against the money line in night games this season
- Twins are 66-55 against the money line when the total is 8 to 8.5 over the last 3 seasons
- Berrios is 8-2 when starting against CHI WHITE SOX with an ERA of 2.21 and a WHIP of 0.982
- Giolito is 3-3 when starting against MINNESOTA with an ERA of 4.87 and a WHIP of 1.325
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Twins vs White SoxThis is a solid pitching match-up that we have on tap here, but I still see this as a game where the OVER might well hit. I am taking the Twins to get back to winning ways, covering in the process.
Score: Minnesota Twins 6 – Chicago White Sox 3