Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins 7/26/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/25/2014
July 26, 2014, 7:10 PM on WGN, FSN
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Chicago White Sox - Sale, C (9-1) vs. Minnesota Twins - Darnell, L (0-0)
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Saturday evening, Chris Sale gets the nod for the Chicago White Sox as Logan Darnell gets the call for the Minnesota Twins. Sale will make his 16 th start as Darnell makes his first Major League start.
Chris Sale took his record to 9 - 1 with a 2.03 ERA after getting the victory in his last outing. In the win, Sale allowed just a run on 7 hits in 7 innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out 8. Sale hasn't lost a start since the middle of May and is 4 - 0 in his last 6 starts. He is well on track to post more victories this season than he did in 2013 when he went 11 - 14 with a 3.07 ERA in 30 starts.
Last season, Sale was 1 - 1 with a 5.25 ERA in 2 starts against the Twins. This season, Sale opened the year with a victory over Minnesota after holding them to 3 runs and 5 hits in 7 innings of work.
Logan Darnell will make his first Major League start for the Twins as he replaces Kyle Gibson. Gibson has been suffering from a stiff back and that will give Darnell the opportunity to show what he has against Major League hitters. At Triple-A Rochester this year, Darnell was 5 - 5 with a 3.43 ERA in 17 starts.
Darnell has some Major League experience this season. He pitched 3 innings of relief against the Cleveland Indians in early May. But without any experience against the White Sox, Darnell will need to rely on the scouting report for information on the Chicago lineup.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
Chicago White Sox are 51-49-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Chicago White Sox is -0.3
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
Minnesota Twins are 49-47-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Minnesota Twins is -0.3
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
07/25/14 P Zach Putnam Shoulder 15-day DL (7/24)
05/20/14 P Matt Lindstrom Ankle 15-day DL (5/20)
04/19/14 P Felipe Paulino Shoulder 15-day DL (4/19)
04/10/14 RF Avisail Garcia Shoulder 60-day DL (4/9); out for season
04/04/14 P Nate Jones Hip 60-day DL (4/4)
07/25/14 P Phil Hughes Shin questionable
07/23/14 P Kyle Gibson Back questionable
07/08/14 P Ricky Nolasco Elbow 15-day DL (7/6)
07/02/14 1B Joe Mauer Oblique 15-day DL (7/2)
05/03/14 P Mike Pelfrey Groin 60-day DL (5/1)
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago
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