Thursday, June 30, 2016
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Tommy Milone vs. Carlos Rodon
The Minnesota Twins visit U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday to play the Chicago White Sox. The probable starters are Tommy Milone for the Twins and Carlos Rodon for the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +145 and Chicago at -155. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Twins have a 46-26-4 over/under record and a 34-42-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The White Sox are 37-40-0 against the run line and have a 34-40-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
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The Twins head into this matchup with a 25-51 record, including 10-26 on the road. Starting pitcher Tommy Milone has a 0-2 record with an earned run average of 5.33 and a WHIP of 1.52. He has 20 strikeouts over his 27 innings pitched and he has given up 32 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.08. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.56 and they have given up 284 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .273 against the bullpen while being struck out 257 times and walking 85 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.29 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.59 batters per nine. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 5.10. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 769 base hits and 381 earned runs. They have allowed 106 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 207 batters and struck out 567. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.45 and their FIP as a unit is 4.52.
As a team, Minnesota is batting .245, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .230 average away from home. The Twins hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.37 hits per game. Joe Mauer comes into this game hitting .267 and his on-base percentage is at .367. He has 73 hits this season along with 33 runs scored and 26 runs batted in. He's struck out 55 times and has walked 43 times. Eduardo Nunez is hitting .311 and he has an on-base percentage of .341. He has totaled 82 hits so far while scoring 36 runs and he's driven in 29. He has walked 10 times and has struck out 37 times. The Twins have 636 hits, including 122 doubles and 85 home runs. They've stolen 51 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Minnesota has walked 226 times this season and they've struck out 661 times as a unit. They've left 524 men on base and have a team OPS of .709. They score 4.03 runs per contest and have scored a total of 306 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this matchup with a 19-19 home record and a 38-39 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.09, Carlos Rodon has a 2-6 record and a 1.49 WHIP. He has 82 strikeouts over the 81.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 92 hits. He has allowed 10.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.08. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.48 and they have given up 214 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 205 times and walking 114 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.91 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.83 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.03. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 685 base knocks and 310 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 77 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 270 hitters and struck out 602. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.13.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .244 average at home. The White Sox hold a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.36 hits per contest. Adam Eaton comes into this matchup batting .277 and he has an OBP of .362. He has 83 hits this year along with 39 runs scored and 24 RBI. He's struck out 51 times and has walked on 31 occasions. Melky Cabrera is hitting .294 and he has an OBP of .344. He has collected 82 hits so far while he's scored 35 runs and drove in 39. He has earned a walk 23 times and has punched out 34 times. The White Sox as a unit have 643 base hits, including 122 doubles and 78 homers. They have 32 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 18 times. Chicago as a team has walked 237 times this year and they have struck out 630 times. They've had 536 men left on base and have an OPS of .708. They score 4.1 runs per game and have totaled 316 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 46-26-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 34-42-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 34-40-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 37-40-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/10/16 P Phil Hughes Knee 60-day DL (6/10); out for season
06/10/16 P Trevor May Back 15-day DL (6/10)
05/31/16 3B Miguel Sano Hamstring 15-day DL (6/1)
05/25/16 RF Darin Mastroianni Oblique 15-day DL (5/22)
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
Chicago White Sox
06/28/16 LF Melky Cabrera Wrist injured last game, "?" Wednesday vs. Minnesota Twins
06/21/16 P Zach Putnam Elbow 15-day DL (6/21)
06/10/16 DH Justin Morneau Elbow 15-day DL (6/9)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 15-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
Tony's Pick: Take the Twins
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