Saturday, October 1, 2016
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Hector Santiago vs. James Shields
The Minnesota Twins head to U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday to take on the Chicago White Sox. The probable pitchers are Hector Santiago for the Twins and James Shields for the White Sox. The Twins have a 93-58-8 over/under mark and a 81-78-0 run line record, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The White Sox are 82-77-0 against the run line and have a 77-75-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
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The Twins head into this game with a 57-102 record, and they are 27-51 on the road. Starting pitcher Hector Santiago has a 12-10 record with an ERA of 4.87 and a WHIP of 1.38. He has 138 strikeouts during his 175.2 innings pitched and he has given up 166 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.4. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.67 and they have allowed 604 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .272 against the pen while they've been struck out 522 times and walked 196 times this year. As a unit, Minnesota has given up 10.13 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.39 hitters per nine. They are 29th in the Majors in team earned run average at 5.11. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 1,595 base hits and 804 earned runs. They have allowed 219 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 470 batters and struck out 1,164. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.46 and their FIP as a unit is 4.59.
As a team, Minnesota is hitting .252, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .252 average on the road. The Twins have a .422 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .317 which is good for 22nd in the league. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.74 hits per contest. Brian Dozier comes into this game hitting .270 and his on-base percentage is at .341. He has 164 hits this season along with 102 runs scored and 99 runs batted in. He's struck out 134 times and has walked 60 times. Joe Mauer is hitting .261 and he has an on-base percentage of .363. He has totaled 129 hits so far while scoring 68 runs and he's driven in 49. He has walked 79 times and has struck out 93 times. The Twins have 1,389 hits, including 283 doubles and 196 home runs. They've stolen 91 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 32 times. Minnesota has walked 501 times this season and they've struck out 1,393 times as a unit. They've left 1,107 men on base and have a team OPS of .739. They score 4.45 runs per contest and have scored a total of 707 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this game with a 44-34 home mark and a 77-82 overall record. With an ERA of 5.82, James Shields has a 6-18 record and a 1.62 WHIP. He has 128 strikeouts over the 174.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 204 hits. He has allowed 10.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.71 and they have given up 437 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 424 times and walking 217 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.89 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.84 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.09. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,402 base knocks and 645 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 181 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 509 hitters and struck out 1,237. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.28.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .263 average at home. The White Sox hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.84 hits per contest. Melky Cabrera comes into this matchup batting .295 and he has an OBP of .344. He has 171 hits this year along with 68 runs scored and 83 RBI. He's struck out 68 times and has walked on 46 occasions. Jose Abreu is hitting .293 and he has an OBP of .348. He has collected 181 hits so far while he's scored 67 runs and drove in 98. He has earned a walk 43 times and has punched out 124 times. The White Sox as a unit have 1,406 base hits, including 272 doubles and 166 homers. They have 77 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 36 times. Chicago as a team has walked 446 times this year and they have struck out 1,258 times. They've had 1,084 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They score 4.25 runs per game and have totaled 676 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 93-58-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 81-78-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 77-75-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 82-77-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/29/16 1B Joe Mauer Quad "?" Friday vs. Chicago White Sox
09/20/16 LF Eddie Rosario Thumb out for season
09/14/16 P Trevor May Back 15-day DL (9/12); out for season
09/10/16 3B Trevor Plouffe Oblique 15-day DL
08/29/16 CF Danny Santana Shoulder 60-day DL (8/29); out for season
08/24/16 DH Byung Ho Park Wrist out for season
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
Chicago White Sox
09/29/16 SS Tyler Saladino Back out for season
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox
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