Minnesota Twins versus Chicago White Sox (July 27)
In this AL Central matchup, the first place Twins head to Chicago to take on the third place White Sox.
Neither team has been playing great lately, both under .500 over their last ten.
Martin Perez is scheduled to take the mound for the Twins and Ivan Nova will get the ball for the White Sox.
Offensively, the Twins have been pounding the baseball, averaging nearly nine runs per game over their last five.
They have 199 home runs for the season, averaging nearly six runs per game.
Max Kepler leads the attack with 26 home runs, followed by Nelson Cruz with 25 and Eddie Rosario with 22.
Mitch Garver will also soon hit the 20 home run plateau.
For the White Sox, they have struggle lately, plating just four runs over the last three games.
As a team, they have 115 home runs and average 4.2 runs per game, below the league average.
Tim Anderson paces the team in batting at .317.
Jose Abreua is the biggest power threat with 22 home runs and 72 RBI. Yoan Moncada adds a solid number two power source with 19 home runs and 57 RBI.
On the mound, Martin Perez has been relatively solid, posting an 8-3 mark with a 4.37 ERA.
He’s been a little wild at times, having walked 45 and has allowed 11 home runs in 105 innings.
Closer Taylor Rogers has been dependable, posting 15 saves with an ERA of 2.27.
Other frequently used relievers, Ryne Harper and Trevor May, have a combined ERA of 3.56 in 78 1/3 innings. As a team the Twins are allowing 4.7 runs per game.
Ivan Nova has struggled keeping the ball in the park, which is terrible against a Minnesota attack that his hit nearly 200 home runs.
Nova is 5-9 with a 5.49 ERA, allowing 23 home runs in 119 2/3 innings.
Closer Alex Colome has done a good job, posting 21 saves and an ERA of 2.33. The problem has been getting the ball to him.
While Aaron Bummer has been reliable, (1.69 ERA), frequently used Josh Osich and Juce Fry have a combined ERA of 4.75. As a team the White Sox are giving up 5.2 runs per game.
This has all the makings of a one-sided contest.
The Twins took the first game in the series by a 10-2 score and a similar outcome is likely.
Look for the White Sox to post a bit more offense but they can’t stop the potent Twins’ attack.
Im taking the “over” and look for a Minnesota win by a 9-4 or 10-4 margin.