Reynaldo Lopez (0-1, 9.00 ERA) vs. Jose Berrios (2-3, 4.75 ERA)
The Minnesota Twins erased a 2-0 deficit on Tuesday night to end a four-game losing streak. They were in danger of losing five in a row before Michael Pineda came to the rescue. Pineda was impressive in his first start since serving a 60-game suspension, which dated back to last season for taking a banned substance.
If he can stay in sharp form, the Twins have a secret weapon that they can employ on the competition. Pineda went 6 innings with 2 earned runs conceded. He gave up a couple of quick runs in the 1st inning, but managed to settle in to stretch his start out.
Dallas Keuchel did what he had to do for the White Sox. He was strong through 5 innings, allowing no earned runs and 7 hits. Keuchel was fighting off a stomach ache during the game, but managed to put forth a quality performance for the White Sox. Unfortunately, his good work went unrewarded, and the White Sox had to take a loss.
The White Sox slipped to 22-14 on the season with the loss. That puts them in a tie with the Cleveland Indians for the lead in the AL Central. The Twins are within shouting distance with a mark of 21-16 going into Wednesday. That puts them 1.5 games behind in the division. It’s all up for grabs right now, and it’s hard to see who is going to come out of this as the AL Central champ.
The talent between the White Sox, Twins, and Indians is fairly even. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see any of them winning. The surprise would be if the Tigers claw back and win the AL Central. I don’t know if they have that in them in 2020, but in future years, they are one to keep tabs on. Reynaldo Lopez and Jose Berrios are scheduled to get the starting nod on Wednesday at Target Field. Head below for our free Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins pick for September 2, 2020.
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Reynaldo Lopez is searching to get into form after getting drilled in his first three starts. Lopez is in desperate need of something to go positive for him tonight in Minnesota. It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Lopez thus far in 2020. Lopez goes into Wednesday with an ERA of 9.00 and 2.00 WHIP. Teams are hitting .313 against Lopez through 8 innings this season. His first outing of the season was on July 26 against the Twin. That was ugly, as Lopez lasted just 0.2 innings after giving up 3 hits and 4 earned runs.
The Twins have had success against Lopez in previous matchups. They have connected for a .304 average with 7 home runs and 23 runs in 100 at-bats against Reynaldo. That’s a pretty nice sample of success against Lopez, who has posted an ERA of 4.91, 4.72, 3.91, and 5.38 the past four years. The White Sox have been waiting for a big breakout campaign from Lopez, but it doesn’t appear that it’s going to happen in 2020, at least. I haven’t been too enthused what I’ve seen from him in his career.
Jose Berrios has been reliable throughout his career, though this shortened season hasn’t been too good for him. Berrios has recorded an ERA of 4.75 and 1.47 WHIP through seven starts. Heading into this year, Berrios notched an ERA of 8.02, 3.89, 3.84, and 3.68. He’s a little more talented than the effort we’ve seen from him this season, but he hasn’t seemed to be in the same form so far. The White Sox have nice power numbers versus Berrios, with 11 home runs and 37 runs scored in 236 at-bats. The OVER looks like the most logical option at Target Field on Wednesday.