Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Rodon vs. Phil Hughes
The Chicago White Sox visit Target Field on Wednesday to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Carlos Rodon for the White Sox and Phil Hughes for the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at -105 and Minnesota at -105. The over/under was set at 8. The White Sox have a 2-3-2 over/under record and a 4-3-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 57% of the time. The Twins are 3-4-0 against the run line and have a 0-7-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 43% of the time.
The White Sox head into this matchup with a 5-2 record, including 4-1 on the road. Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon held a 9-6 record with an earned run average of 3.75 and a WHIP of 1.44 last season. He had 139 strikeouts over his 139.1 innings pitched and he also gave up 130 hits over that time period. He allowed 8.4 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 3.87. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 1.47 and they have given up 10 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .159 against the bullpen while being struck out 19 times and walking 7 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 7.26 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.56 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 2.76. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 50 base hits and 19 earned runs. They have allowed 3 home runs this season and they allow 0.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 16 batters and struck out 59. They walk 2.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.07 and their FIP as a unit is 2.94.
As a team, Chicago is batting .235, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .244 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .340 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8 hits per game. Jose Abreu comes into this game hitting .292 and his on-base percentage is at .419. He has 7 hits this season along with 4 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. He's struck out 7 times and has walked 4 times. Todd Frazier is hitting .207 and he has an on-base percentage of .258. He has totaled 6 hits so far while scoring 4 runs and he's driven in 6. He has walked 2 times and has struck out 5 times. The White Sox have 56 hits, including 5 doubles, 1 triple, and 6 home runs. They've stolen 1 base while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. Chicago has walked 20 times this season and they've struck out 48 times as a unit. They've left 50 men on base and have a team OPS of .643. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 28 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this matchup with a 0-1 home record and a 0-7 overall mark. With an earned run average last season of 4.4, Phil Hughes had a 11-9 record and a 1.29 WHIP. He had 94 strikeouts over the 155.1 innings he pitched during which he gave up 184 hits. He allowed 10.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.7. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.70 and they have given up 28 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .292 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 27 times and walking 14 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.49 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.79. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 62 base knocks and 25 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 7 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 27 hitters and struck out 56. They give up a walk 4.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.50 while their FIP as a staff is 4.40.
As a team, they are batting .219, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .194 average at home. The Twins hold a .330 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .290 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 26th in baseball with 7.29 hits per contest. Brian Dozier comes into this matchup batting .192 and he has an OBP of .300. He has 5 hits this year along with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. He's struck out 8 times and has walked on 4 occasions. Joe Mauer is hitting .375 and he has an OBP of .484. He has collected 9 hits so far while he's scored 3 runs and drove in 2. He has earned a walk 5 times and has punched out 4 times. The Twins as a unit have 51 base hits, including 12 doubles, 1 triple, and 4 homers. They have 3 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 21 times this year and they have struck out 79 times. They've had 55 men left on base and have an OPS of .620. They score 1.86 runs per game and have totaled 13 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 2-3-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 4-3-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 0-7-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 3-4-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
No key injuries to report
04/12/16 SS Eduardo Nunez Wrist expected to miss Wednesday vs. Chicago White Sox
04/10/16 CF Danny Santana Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/10)
Josh's Pick: Take the White Sox
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