Dallas Keuchel (5-2, 2.70 ERA) vs. Michael Pineda (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins meet in another important contest on Tuesday night at Target Field. The White Sox are up in the AL Central with a record of 22-13 for a one-game advantage on the Cleveland Indians. They were 8-5 winners last night in what was a tight game until the White Sox scored 3 runs in the top of the final frame. Lucas Giolito was coming off his no-hitter and wasn’t nearly that good, but was effective enough through 5 innings.
Rich Hill lasted only 3.1 innings before getting pulled. His command was off the mark, as Hill conceded 3 hits and 4 walks, while giving up 2 earned runs. He could have easily allowed more runs, but the Twins were wise to yank him when they did. Tyler Clippard had the worst game of the bunch. He was tagged for 3 hits and 2 earned runs in less than an inning on the hill. It just wasn’t a good day for the Twins’ pitching staff.
The Twins will look to put an end to a four-game losing streak on Tuesday. They were swept by the Detroit Tigers in three games prior to their 8-5 loss on Monday. All of the sudden, the Twins are down by 2.5 games in the AL Central. They head into Tuesday with a record of 20-16. Don’t count the Twins out because of this cold run that they’re on, though. They could easily snap out of it and get hot. In any case, it’s not too much of a surprise to see the White Sox atop the AL Central right now.
The White Sox have just left their rebuilding phase, and now have a team capable of winning. Many people believed that the White Sox were going to be buyers at the trade deadline. That didn’t happen and the White Sox didn’t sell either. They stood pat with what they have, and that might be enough to win the division. We’ll see how it goes, but the Indians and Twins likely aren’t going to be going anywhere.
Michael Pineda is scheduled to get his first start of 2020 following a lengthy 60-game suspension dating back to last season. He has a tough assignment with Dallas Keuchel pitching opposite of Pineda for the White Sox. Head below for our free Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins pick for September 1, 2020.
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Michael Pineda doesn’t have an easy start on his hands in his return to the hill. He will take on a White Sox team that are swinging the bats well. The White Sox have scored at least 5 runs in their previous five outings.
They are fifth in the major leagues with an average of 5.26 runs scored per game. Scoring on the road hasn’t been a problem at all for the White Sox. They’ve recorded 5.6 runs per game as a visitor in 2020.
Pineda posted an ERA of 4.01 and 1.16 WHIP with the Twins in 2019. Not terrible work for Pineda, but he was caught taking a banned substance and issued a 60-game suspension as a result. Last season was his best year since early on in his career as a rookie with the Mariners and first year in the Bronx.
Pineda has failed to get his ERA below 4.00 since then. He came really close last year after pitching in 26 games. The White Sox have been adequate against Pineda in his career, with 5 home runs and 11 runs recorded in 118 at-bats.
He should be able to put forth a solid effort in his 2020 debut on Tuesday. However, Pineda might need to be better than solid with Keuchel getting the nod for the White Sox. Keuchel has been productive in 2020 in his first season with the organization. He has a 2.70 ERA and 1.04 WHIP heading into Minnesota today.
Keuchel has been lights out in 78 at-bats versus the Twins’ personnel. They are hitting just .127 with a .144 OBP against Keuchel, though Nelson Cruz has pounded Keuchel for 5 home runs. If there’s any advice for Keuchel, it’s to be careful against Cruz. In any case, I feel more confident in Keuchel than Pineda who can run hot and cold. Keuchel at this price looks like a good deal.