Chicago White Sox vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 8/31/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago White Sox vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Monday, August 31, 2020
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: White Sox (-119) Twins (-101)
Nelson Cruz and the Minnesota Twins (20-15, 3rd in AL Central) host the Chicago White Sox (20-13, 2nd in AL Central) at Target Field on Monday. The White Sox open this contest at -119 while the Twins are coming in at -101. The total opens at 9. The pitchers taking the mound are Lucas Giolito and Rich Hill.
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
8/30/2020 Yoan Moncada 3B Upper Leg Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/30/2020 Gio Gonzalez SP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/28/2020 Aaron Bummer RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 11
8/18/2020 Carlos Rodon SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
8/15/2020 Leury Garcia SS Thumb Out for the season
8/3/2020 Jimmy Lambert RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 14
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
8/30/2020 Eddie Rosario LF Ankle Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/29/2020 Jake Odorizzi SP Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/28/2020 Cody Stashak RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/26/2020 Mitch Garver C Side Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
8/25/2020 Josh Donaldson 3B Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/22/2020 Zack Littell RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/22/2020 Homer Bailey SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 13
8/20/2020 Byron Buxton CF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
Useful Pitching Statistics
The White Sox have a 20-13 overall record this season. Giolito (30-28 record in his career) has a FIP of 4.56 and he has faced 1,930 opposing hitters in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.46 (228 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.237. He has allowed 381 base knocks (7.5 hits per nine innings) with 188 free passes. Giolito has taken the hill for 460 frames and has tallied 456 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.09 and they have given up 115 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .213 against the bullpen and they've struck out 131 hitters and walked 43 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.82. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 255 base hits and 123 earned runs. They have allowed 36 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 108 batters and struck out 288. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 4.02.
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As a team Chicago is hitting .272, good for 1st in the league. The White Sox hold a .492 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.3 hits per game. Luis Robert is hitting .292 with an on-base percentage of .336. He has 33 hits this season in 113 at bats with 19 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .566 and an OPS+ of 141. José Abreu is hitting .313 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .357. He has totaled 42 hits and he has driven in 30 men in 134 at bats. His OPS+ is 167 while his slugging percentage is at .649. The White Sox have 306 hits, including 55 doubles and 63 home runs. Chicago has walked 94 times so far this season and they have struck out 306 times as a unit. They have left 219 men on base and have a team OPS of .824. They score 5.18 runs per contest and have scored a total of 171 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 20-15 overall mark this year. Hill (66-43 career mark) is the owner of a 3.82 ERA and has given up 7.4 hits per 9 innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.67 and he has gone up against 3,987 opposing hitters during his career. During his career, Hill has surrendered 785 base knocks and he has 1,012 strikeouts in 949 innings. He has allowed 403 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.226 and having a FIP of 4.0. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.84 and they have given up 129 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 156 batters and walked 49 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.75. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 260 base knocks and 121 earned runs this season. They have given up 42 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 103 hitters and struck out 289 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.19.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 18th in the league. The Twins hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 7.8 hits per contest. Nelson Cruz comes into this matchup batting .325 with an OBP of .406. He has 38 hits this year along with 29 RBI in 117 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .692 with an OPS+ of 194. Miguel Sano is hitting .242 this season and he has an OBP of .336. He has collected 24 hits in 99 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 135 and a slugging percentage of .535. The Twins as a unit have 265 base hits, including 42 doubles and 47 homers. Minnesota has walked 110 times this year and they have struck out on 291 occasions. They have had 213 men left on base and have an OPS of .726. They have scored 4.47 runs per game and totaled 152 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Twins (-101) and over 9 runs
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