By: Trent Pruitt
There’s potential for a pitcher’s duel in the series finale between the White Sox and the Minnesota Twins Wednesday afternoon. It’ll be Lucas Giolito for the Southsiders and Jake Odorizzi for the AL Central-leading Twinkies. Who doesn’t love a rubber match between a couple of division foes – not to mention, it’s matinee baseball!!
Money Line: MIN -172 , CWS +162
Run Line: MIN -1.5 (+110), CWS +1.5 (-130)
Over/Under: 9 (-110)
First Pitch: 12:10 CST, Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
Chicago White Sox
Lucas Giolito has been excellent in his last two outings. The first was against the Athletics when he surrendered only two runs and they both came on one swing of the bat from Matt Olsen. He followed that up with a stellar performance against the Angels on Friday night, once again allowing only two runs. The Santa Monica native has had polar opposite outings against the Twins this season. His first start went 5.0 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball. More recently, in late July, Lucas gave up 7 earned runs over 5.0 innings, including 3 bombs to Nelson Cruz.
Minnesota has grown their AL Central lead back to 3.0 games after the dismantling of the Chicago White Sox yesterday as well as an Indians loss at the hands of the Mets. They will look to Jake Odorizzi to extend that lead tonight and he has been in great form as of late. He has given up only five earned runs over his last four starts. His WHIP in those games is 1.30 which is solid but the point is when guys get on, he leaves them stranded. Current White Sox only hit .174 against Jake, so it’ll likely be a rough outing for the Sox at the dish this afternoon.
Analysis & Prediction
I’m going to be honest, there’s no safe play here today. Giolito has returned to good form but has an inconsistent track record against these guys. The fact that there is no true trend for his pitching against the Twins shys me away from the Under; especially since the Twins can put up a lot of runs in a hurry. We’re going to take a shot with the Twins -1.5 today. It’s a plus money pick but I’m confident that Odorizzi will bring his A-game and the Twins will win by a few runs.
Trent’s Record on White Sox Free Picks
33-24-3 (+11.07 Units). A $100 bettor would be up $1,107 on the MLB Season.
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