Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 9/17/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Twins (-101) White Sox (-109)
Nelson Cruz and the Minnesota Twins (30-20, 2nd in AL Central) head to Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday where they'll meet the Chicago White Sox (32-16, 1st in AL Central). The White Sox open this game at -109 while the Twins are priced at -101. The total has been set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Kenta Maeda and Dallas Keuchel.
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
9/16/2020 Trevor May RP Back Probable for Sep 16
9/15/2020 Marwin Gonzalez 3B Illness Probable for Sep 16
9/14/2020 Jake Odorizzi SP Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/14/2020 Mitch Garver C Side Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/13/2020 Brent Rooker RF Forearm Out for the season
9/11/2020 Luis Arraez 2B Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 19
9/6/2020 Homer Bailey SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/5/2020 Alex Avila C Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
9/15/2020 Jimmy Lambert RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/13/2020 Carlos Rodon SP Shoulder Out for the season
9/10/2020 Dallas Keuchel SP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
9/5/2020 Aaron Bummer RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
8/15/2020 Leury Garcia SS Thumb Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 30-20 overall record this season. Maeda (52-36 win-loss record in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.67 while facing 2,635 batters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 3.74 (268 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.116. He has given up 531 hits (7.4 hits per 9 innings) and has had 188 walks. Maeda has taken the hill for 644 frames and is sitting with 704 punchouts so far in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.76 and they have given up 181 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the bullpen and they've struck out 221 hitters and walked 66 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 381 base hits and 175 earned runs. They have allowed 54 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 143 batters and struck out 442. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 3.90.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .244, good for 16th in the league. The Twins hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 7.8 hits per game. Nelson Cruz is hitting .323 with an on-base percentage of .413. He has 53 hits this season in 164 at bats with 32 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .646 and an OPS+ of 184. Max Kepler is hitting .215 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .314. He has totaled 29 hits and he has driven in 18 men in 135 at bats. His OPS+ is 96 while his slugging percentage is at .407. The Twins have 391 hits, including 63 doubles and 75 home runs. Minnesota has walked 161 times so far this season and they have struck out 428 times as a unit. They have left 319 men on base and have a team OPS of .745. They score 4.5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 225 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 32-16 overall mark this year. Keuchel (90-73 record in his career) is the owner of a 3.61 ERA and has given up 8.7 hits per 9 innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.71 and he has gone up against 5,639 opposing hitters during his MLB career. So far in his career, Keuchel has given up 1,303 hits while earning 1,068 strikeouts in 1,355 innings. He has allowed 544 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.252 and having a FIP of 3.8. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have given up 164 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .206 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 197 batters and walked 72 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.43. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 360 base knocks and 161 earned runs this season. They have given up 45 home runs this year, which ranks 30th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 164 hitters and struck out 419 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 3.87.
As a team, they are batting .275, good for 2nd in the league. The White Sox hold a .473 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .338, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.5 hits per contest. José Abreu comes into this matchup batting .328 with an OBP of .370. He has 65 hits this year along with 48 RBI in 198 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .621 with an OPS+ of 165. Yasmani Grandal is hitting .237 this season and he has an OBP of .363. He has collected 31 hits in 131 at bats while driving in 22 runs. He has an OPS+ of 112 and a slugging percentage of .412. The White Sox as a unit have 456 base hits, including 83 doubles and 80 homers. Chicago has walked 142 times this year and they have struck out on 441 occasions. They have had 329 men left on base and have an OPS of .811. They have scored 5.46 runs per game and totaled 262 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Twins (-101)
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