White Sox vs. Twins

White Sox vs. Twins | Betting Odds for MLB

Written by on May 18, 2021

The Chicago White Sox have been rampaging through the AL Central over the past couple of weeks and play Game 2 of their series at the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday in a matchup of veteran right-handed pitchers. Chicago is a slight favorite on the MLB odds but will be missing a star hitter.

How to Bet White Sox at Twins MLB Odds & TV Info

  • When: Tuesday, 7:40 PM ET
  • Where: Target Field
  • Probable pitchers (away/home): Lance Lynn/Michael Pineda
  • TV: MLB Extra Innings

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The Sox and Twins play all 19 games this season between 5/11-8/11 (zero games in April and September)

Reigning AL MVP Jose Abreu didn’t star Monday’s opener vs. the Twins and will miss this series after being diagnosed with left ankle inflammation. Abreu suffered the injury during a slide into home plate on Sunday. The good news is X-rays came back clean and an MRI “only” showed a little inflammation. Abreu also was involved in a scary collision with Hunter Dozier along the first base line Friday and exited the game, but he was right back in the lineup the next day and went 2-for-4 in both weekend games against the Royals. Outfielder Adam Eaton also got Monday off but should start Tuesday.

The Twins catch a major break as Abreu is 20-for-48 (.417) with two doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and seven multihit efforts during his 12-game hitting streak vs. Minnesota since 7/25/20. Abreu’s 86 career RBI vs. the Twins are his second-most vs. any opponent (Detroit, 94). Abreu has played 999 career games. He will become the 29th player in White Sox history to play 1,000 games with the club, and the 66th active MLB player to reach the milestone. Eaton, meanwhile, is a career .325/.358/.484 hitter with seven doubles, two triples, three homers and 14 RBI lifetime at Target Field.

It’s Lance Lynn (4-1, 1.30) on the mound here. Lynn allowed only an unearned run over five innings and struck out nine last Thursday in a victory over the Twins. While the Twins benefited from three errors (one by Lynn himself) and made the right-handed work, they just couldn’t break through against him. The right-hander has thrown five innings in each of his three starts since coming off the injured list. Lynn is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA (3 ER/15.0 IP), 17 strikeouts and a .130 (7-54) opponents average in those last three starts.

Lynn has gone 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA (3 ER/10.0 IP) over two starts career starts against Minnesota. He will make his first career appearance as the visiting pitcher at Target Field. He made nine career starts at Target Field in 2018 for the Twins, going 5-2 with a 2.83 ERA (15 ER/47.2 IP).

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Twins outfielder Max Kepler was forced to exit Sunday’s game after tweaking his hamstring while running the bases. Kepler sat Monday but the team is hopeful he can avoid the injured list. He’s just the latest in a string of injured outfielders which include Alex Kirilloff, Byron Buxton, and Jake Cave.

Kepler is the only true center fielder on the Twins’ 26-man roster. If Kepler were to miss time, the Twins could have to add Keon Broxton from the Triple-A Saints — but that would require a move to free up a spot on the already crowded 40-man roster.

Miguel Sanó has 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 26 games vs. the Sox since the start of 2019. Nelson Cruz is hitting .396 (44-for-111) with nine doubles, 12 home runs, 35 RBI, 17 walks, a .477 OBP, an .802 slugging percentage and a 1.278 OPS in 29 games vs. the Sox while in a Minnesota uniform (since 2019). Josh Donaldson is hitting .306 (59-for-193) with 10 doubles, 16 home runs, 41 RBI, 39 walks and a 1.026 OPS in 55 career games vs. the White Sox.

It’s big right-hander Michael Pineda (2-2, 2.79) on the mound here. Pineda surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings last Thursday in a loss to the White Sox. It’s just the second time in seven starts that Pineda has allowed more than two runs. It’s rather remarkable that Pineda has given up just 12 earned runs this season, considering that he’s allowed eight homers in 38 2/3 innings.

Pineda has allowed just 41 base runners over the course of his seven starts this season, fifth fewest in the American League (min. 35.0 IP) while his opponent batting average (.204) ranks ninth and his ERA (2.79) ranks 10th. This will be his 11th career start vs. the White Sox, going 5-5, 3.38 ERA (66.2 IP, 26 ER), 16 walks and 65 strikeouts in his 10 prior starts.

Expert Prediction

  • White Sox 6, Twins 5
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