Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Jeff Samardzija (8-11) vs. Kyle Gibson (9-9)
The Minnesota Twins host the Chicago White Sox at Target Field on Thursday. The White Sox send Jeff Samardzija to the mound to face Kyle Gibson of the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +123 and Minnesota at -133. The over/under was set at 8. The White Sox have a 62-64 over/under record and a 62-68 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Twins have a 62-61 over/under record and a 79-52 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 60% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this matchup with a 61-69 record, including 28-37 on the road. Jeff Samardzija has an earned run average of 4.85 and is 8-11 so far on the season while having a 1.29 WHIP. The White Sox are 11-16 over his 182 innings pitched and he's also given up 195 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the White Sox are 16-10 in his starts. The team is averaging 4.1 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.38 and they have given up 339 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 339 and walked 137 batters this season while opposing teams hit .250 against them. Chicago has a team average of 9 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.57 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.98, they are 19th in the league.
Chicago is batting .251 as a team, which is good for 19th in the league and hitting .257 away from home. The White Sox hold a .381 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306 which is good for 24th in baseball. With 142 hits, Jose Abreu leads the team while his team ranks 15th in hits per game with 8.61.
With a 41-25 home record, Minnesota will hope to improve on their 68-63 overall mark. Kyle Gibson is starting this game 9-9 for the season with an earned run average of 3.82 and a WHIP of 1.32. The Twins have a record of 14-12 over the 158 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 154 hits. Against the over/under, the Twins are 9-14 when he starts. The team is averaging 3.6 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.01 and they have given up 398 base hits on the year. The Twins bullpen has struck out 303 batters and walked 128 this season while opposing teams have hit .250 against them. Minnesota has a team average of 9.54 hits per game and are averaging 6.26 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.17, they are 22nd in the league.
They are batting .249 as a team, which is good for 22nd in the league and hitting .268 at home. The Twins hold a .402 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303 which is good for 29th in baseball. With 129 hits, Joe Mauer leads the team while his team ranks 23rd in hits per game with 8.37.
Chicago has a team fielding percentage of .983 after having committed 81 errors with 1,308 assists and 3,495 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Twins have accumulated 69 errors while having 1,323 assists and 3,483 put outs leading to a .986 fielding percentage.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 62-64 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 62-68 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 62-61 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 79-52 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
08/30/15 P Zach Putnam Groin Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/27)
07/08/15 P Javy Guerra Suspension expected to miss 50 games
04/06/15 SS Justin Sellers Heel Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
08/26/15 P J.R. Graham Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/26)
08/20/15 CF Aaron Hicks Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
08/13/15 P Phil Hughes Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/10)
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
Guy's Pick: Take the Twins
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