Thursday, September 1, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jose Quintana vs. Ervin Santana
The Chicago White Sox head to Target Field on Thursday to take on the Minnesota Twins. The probable pitchers are Jose Quintana for the White Sox and Ervin Santana for the Twins. The opening line for this game has Chicago at -127 and Minnesota at +117. The over/under is 8.5. The White Sox have a 58-66-7 over/under mark and a 64-67-0 run line record, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Twins are 68-64-0 against the run line and have a 80-45-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
The White Sox head into this game with a 63-68 record, and they are 28-39 on the road. Starting pitcher Jose Quintana has a 11-9 record with an ERA of 2.77 and a WHIP of 1.10. He has 150 strikeouts during his 172.1 innings pitched and he has given up 151 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.34. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.79 and they have allowed 371 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the pen while they've been struck out 352 times and walked 188 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 8.84 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.74 hitters per nine. They are 12th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.06. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 1,150 base hits and 528 earned runs. They have allowed 149 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 434 batters and struck out 1,007. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.31.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .253, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .250 average on the road. The White Sox have a .403 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .315 which is good for 21st in the league. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.63 hits per contest. Melky Cabrera comes into this game hitting .291 and his on-base percentage is at .341. He has 136 hits this season along with 53 runs scored and 60 runs batted in. He's struck out 56 times and has walked 38 times. Jose Abreu is hitting .286 and he has an on-base percentage of .342. He has totaled 144 hits so far while scoring 51 runs and he's driven in 73. He has walked 34 times and has struck out 103 times. The White Sox have 1,129 hits, including 219 doubles and 132 home runs. They've stolen 62 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 30 times. Chicago has walked 370 times this season and they've struck out 1,029 times as a unit. They've left 890 men on base and have a team OPS of .717. They score 4.07 runs per contest and have scored a total of 533 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this game with a 25-40 home mark and a 49-83 overall record. With an ERA of 3.54, Ervin Santana has a 6-10 record and a 1.20 WHIP. He has 113 strikeouts over the 147.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 138 hits. He has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.75. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.43 and they have given up 493 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .272 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 420 times and walking 147 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.23 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.27 batters per nine. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.09. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,329 base knocks and 662 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 184 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 366 hitters and struck out 945. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.45 while their FIP as a staff is 4.59.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .256 average at home. The Twins hold a .422 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.88 hits per contest. Brian Dozier comes into this matchup batting .270 and he has an OBP of .343. He has 134 hits this year along with 84 runs scored and 79 RBI. He's struck out 96 times and has walked on 51 occasions. Joe Mauer is hitting .276 and he has an OBP of .376. He has collected 123 hits so far while he's scored 64 runs and drove in 47. He has earned a walk 71 times and has punched out 82 times. The Twins as a unit have 1,172 base hits, including 243 doubles and 153 homers. They have 80 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 24 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 413 times this year and they have struck out 1,120 times. They've had 924 men left on base and have an OPS of .742. They score 4.54 runs per game and have totaled 599 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 58-66-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 64-67-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 80-45-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 68-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
08/13/16 P Miguel Gonzalez Groin 15-day DL (8/12)
08/03/16 CF Charlie Tilson Hamstring 15-day DL (8/3)
07/27/16 2B Brett Lawrie Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
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)
08/29/16 CF Danny Santana Shoulder 15-day DL (8/29)
08/26/16 P Hector Santiago Thumb "?" for next scheduled start
08/24/16 DH Byung Ho Park Wrist out for season
08/13/16 P Tommy Milone Bicep 15-day DL (8/11)
08/11/16 P Trevor May Back 15-day DL (8/7)
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
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