Saturday, September 3, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: James Shields vs. Hector Santiago
The Chicago White Sox head to Target Field on Saturday to take on the Minnesota Twins. The probable pitchers are James Shields for the White Sox and Hector Santiago for the Twins. The opening line for this game has Chicago at +143 and Minnesota at -153. The over/under is 9.5. The White Sox have a 59-67-7 over/under mark and a 65-68-0 run line record, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Twins are 69-65-0 against the run line and have a 82-45-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this game with a 63-70 record, and they are 28-41 on the road. Starting pitcher James Shields has a 5-16 record with an ERA of 5.86 and a WHIP of 1.60. He has 103 strikeouts during his 149 innings pitched and he has given up 176 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.94. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.80 and they have allowed 374 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the pen while they've been struck out 356 times and walked 190 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 8.86 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.77 hitters per nine. They are 12th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.08. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 1,169 base hits and 539 earned runs. They have allowed 151 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 440 batters and struck out 1,025. They walk 3.3 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 4.30.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .254, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .251 average on the road. The White Sox have a .404 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .315 which is good for 21st in the league. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.64 hits per contest. Jose Abreu comes into this game hitting .291 and his on-base percentage is at .346. He has 149 hits this season along with 53 runs scored and 76 runs batted in. He's struck out 104 times and has walked 34 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .292 and he has an on-base percentage of .342. He has totaled 138 hits so far while scoring 53 runs and he's driven in 61. He has walked 38 times and has struck out 57 times. The White Sox have 1,148 hits, including 223 doubles and 136 home runs. They've stolen 62 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 30 times. Chicago has walked 375 times this season and they've struck out 1,050 times as a unit. They've left 906 men on base and have a team OPS of .719. They score 4.06 runs per contest and have scored a total of 540 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this game with a 26-40 home mark and a 50-84 overall record. With an ERA of 4.93, Hector Santiago has a 10-8 record and a 1.39 WHIP. He has 121 strikeouts over the 146 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 139 hits. He has allowed 8.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.31. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.45 and they have given up 502 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .272 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 428 times and walking 151 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.28 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.27 batters per nine. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.12. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,356 base knocks and 675 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 188 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 375 hitters and struck out 959. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.46 while their FIP as a staff is 4.62.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .257 average at home. The Twins hold a .423 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.87 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this matchup batting .276 and he has an OBP of .374. He has 125 hits this year along with 65 runs scored and 47 RBI. He's struck out 84 times and has walked on 71 occasions. Brian Dozier is hitting .269 and he has an OBP of .343. He has collected 136 hits so far while he's scored 85 runs and drove in 81. He has earned a walk 52 times and has punched out 101 times. The Twins as a unit have 1,189 base hits, including 246 doubles and 157 homers. They have 80 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 25 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 418 times this year and they have struck out 1,145 times. They've had 932 men left on base and have an OPS of .743. They score 4.56 runs per game and have totaled 611 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 59-67-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 65-68-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 82-45-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 69-65-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
09/01/16 SS Tim Anderson Calf injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Minnesota Twins
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); out for season
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
Guy's Pick: Take the Twins
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