Friday, July 29, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jose Quintana vs. Ricky Nolasco
The Chicago White Sox head to Target Field on Friday to take on the Minnesota Twins. The probable pitchers are Jose Quintana for the White Sox and Ricky Nolasco for the Twins. The opening line for this game has Chicago at +124 and Minnesota at -134. The over/under is 9. The White Sox have a 43-51-7 over/under mark and a 47-54-0 run line record, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Twins are 51-49-0 against the run line and have a 58-36-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
The White Sox head into this game with a 50-51 record, and they are 22-27 on the road. Starting pitcher Jose Quintana has a 8-8 record with an ERA of 2.97 and a WHIP of 1.11. He has 116 strikeouts during his 130.1 innings pitched and he has given up 112 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.46. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.77 and they have allowed 289 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the pen while they've been struck out 278 times and walked 144 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 8.79 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.82 hitters per nine. They are 12th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.02. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 881 base hits and 403 earned runs. They have allowed 114 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 347 batters and struck out 783. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.31.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .250, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .245 average on the road. The White Sox have a .397 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .315 which is good for 22nd in the league. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.45 hits per contest. Melky Cabrera comes into this game hitting .299 and his on-base percentage is at .348. He has 106 hits this season along with 44 runs scored and 44 runs batted in. He's struck out 42 times and has walked 28 times. Adam Eaton is hitting .275 and he has an on-base percentage of .359. He has totaled 108 hits so far while scoring 49 runs and he's driven in 36. He has walked 41 times and has struck out 75 times. The White Sox have 852 hits, including 162 doubles and 100 home runs. They've stolen 49 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 23 times. Chicago has walked 295 times this season and they've struck out 816 times as a unit. They've left 694 men on base and have a team OPS of .711. They score 4.03 runs per contest and have scored a total of 407 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this game with a 20-31 home mark and a 37-63 overall record. With an ERA of 5.40, Ricky Nolasco has a 4-8 record and a 1.41 WHIP. He has 87 strikeouts over the 116.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 136 hits. He has allowed 10.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.32. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.42 and they have given up 360 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .269 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 330 times and walking 108 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.06 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.41 batters per nine. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 4.94. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 990 base knocks and 486 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 136 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 269 hitters and struck out 729. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.47.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .256 average at home. The Twins hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.65 hits per contest. Eduardo Nunez comes into this matchup batting .300 and he has an OBP of .326. He has 110 hits this year along with 49 runs scored and 47 RBI. He's struck out 55 times and has walked on 14 occasions. Joe Mauer is hitting .260 and he has an OBP of .359. He has collected 91 hits so far while he's scored 48 runs and drove in 31. He has earned a walk 54 times and has punched out 65 times. The Twins as a unit have 865 base hits, including 175 doubles and 114 homers. They have 65 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 21 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 308 times this year and they have struck out 856 times. They've had 694 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They score 4.42 runs per game and have totaled 442 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 43-51-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 47-54-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 58-36-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 51-49-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
07/27/16 2B Brett Lawrie Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
07/25/16 P Chris Sale Suspension Served expected to start Thursday vs. Chicago Cubs
07/09/16 P Carlos Rodon Wrist 15-day DL (7/6)
07/05/16 C Alex Avila Hamstring 15-day DL (7/6)
07/01/16 3B Matt Davidson Foot 60-day DL (6/30)
06/21/16 P Zach Putnam Elbow 15-day DL (6/21)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 60-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
07/04/16 3B Trevor Plouffe Ribs 15-day DL (7/1)
06/10/16 P Phil Hughes Knee 60-day DL (6/10); out for season
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins
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