Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 5/12/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+120) Chicago (-130)
J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins (12-20, 4th in AL Central) are headed to Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday where they'll take on the Chicago White Sox (19-13, 1st in AL Central). The Twins open this matchup at +120 while the White Sox are priced at -130. The O/U opens at 8. The starting pitchers are J.A. Happ and Dallas Keuchel.
As a squad, the Minnesota Twins are notching 4.7 runs per game, which puts them at 9th in the league. They have tallied 150 runs and hold an OBP of .312. The Twins have tallied 58 doubles as a team and have hit 44 baseballs out of the park. They have earned 142 runs batted in as well as 262 hits on the season, and their team batting average is sitting at .242. Minnesota has a slugging percentage of .425 and have been rung up 292 times, while taking a walk on 102 occasions.
The Twins have a team earned run average of 4.29 on the campaign (21st in the league), and they have rung up 265 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 97 batters and their FIP is 4.50 as a squad this season. Their K/BB ratio is 2.73 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.26. Twins pitchers have surrendered 45 home runs and also 152 total runs (15th in baseball).
Twins relief pitchers have entered the game with players on base 30 times as well as having 40 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have recorded 19 holds this season (10th in MLB). The Twins bullpen have accumulated a save percentage of 41.7% and has stepped onto the mound in 31 save situations. They have accumulated 5 saves on the campaign and have blown 7 of their 12 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 43 runners for the season and 62.8% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. The Twins have dispatched 101 relievers to the hill for the year.
The Twins have converted 70.8% of balls hit into play into outs in their 2,514 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 11th in pro baseball. The Minnesota Twins have a tally of 838 putouts on the campaign, as well as 297 assists and 17 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .985 which has them ranked 6th in baseball, and they have turned 212 double plays.
Happ (125-92 career win-loss record) has earned a FIP of 4.21 while he has gone up against 7,486 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. He has conceded 1,661 hits (8.4 hits per nine innings) with 628 walks. His ERA is 3.95 (776 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.293. Happ has pitched in 1,769 innings and has accounted for 1,555 strikeouts so far in his MLB career.
Chicago has compiled 27 long balls so far this year as well as 153 runs batted in. They have notched 51 two-baggers, while walking 123 times as well as putting up 164 runs. The Chicago White Sox hold an OBP of .339 and a batting average of .255 this season. The White Sox hold a team SLG% of .391 and they score 5.12 runs per contest (3rd in MLB). They have struck out on 282 occasions (24th in baseball) and have accounted for 272 hits.
The White Sox have a WHIP of 1.159 with a FIP of 3.32 as a pitching staff on the year. They are sitting at 3rd in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 220. The Chicago pitching staff have relinquished 111 runs so far this season and come in with a team ERA of 3.16 (97 earned runs yielded). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.16 (316 strikeouts vs 100 bases on balls). They have yielded 28 home runs and they give up 3.62 runs per 9 innings (3rd in MLB).
With 26 save situations, the White Sox have recorded 12 holds and also 7 blown saves. Chicago has called on relievers to step onto the hill in 13 save chances and they have recorded 6 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 32 times in high leverage situations and also on 33 occasions with runners on base. Chicago relievers have an inherited score rate of 27.5% out of their 51 inherited base runners. They are currently ranked 24th in MLB holding a save percentage of 46.2%, and they have dispatched 93 bullpen pitchers onto the field over the course of the season.
The Chicago White Sox have turned 21 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .979 (27th in professional baseball). The White Sox have 243 assists, 23 errors and are sitting with 829 putouts for the year. In 2,487 innings on the field, the White Sox have earned a defensive efficiency of 70.1% (16th in professional baseball).
During his career, Keuchel has surrendered 1,343 hits while accumulating 1,095 punch outs in 1,403 frames. He has given up a total of 561 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.251 and having a FIP of 3.8. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.65 and he has gone up against 5,837 hitters in his career. Keuchel (91-74 win-loss record in his career) has a 3.60 ERA while surrendering 8.6 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (+120)
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