Randy Dobnak (6-3, 3.61 ERA) vs. Dane Dunning (1-0, 2.70 ERA)
The Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox will meet for the second in this four-game series. The White Sox struck first in this big time series at Guaranteed Rate Field. They were backed by a stellar performance from Dylan Cease. Cease was effective through 4.2 innings, as he held the Twins to just 5 hits and 1 earned run.
It was a close game before the Twins’ bullpen lost the pitching battle. The White Sox tacked on 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th to go home with a 3-1 victory. It was a big win for the White Sox, as they took a two-game lead over the Twins in the American League Central.
This series could be a big turning point in the division. With less than two weeks left on the schedule, this could be the difference between who wins the AL Central. There are still three games left here, so the Twins could still rebound and get out of it with the lead by Thursday.
Their offense will have to spring to life if that’s going to happen, though. Cease has been good this season, but the Twins might have made him look better than he is last night. The Twins left 15 runners on base. Winning the division isn’t the end all be all, though, especially this season when eight teams from each league are getting into the postseason.
If the Twins come up short in the AL Central, don’t count them out in the postseason. They can be a streaky team that might just heat up at the perfect time in October. Following their loss last night, the Twins enter Tuesday with a record of 30-19 to put them into a tie for second in the American League. The Athletics are 30-18 while the Rays are currently 30-17 going into today.
Randy Dobnak will look to get back on track with a productive performance in Chicago on Tuesday evening. He got pushed around against the St. Louis Cardinals, but has otherwise been reliable for the most part. The White Sox are scheduled to counter with 25-year-old Dane Dunning. Head below for our free Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox pick for September 15, 2020.
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Randy Dobnak is in his first full season in the Twins’ rotation. It was hard to ignore him last season after he posted an ERA of 1.59 and 1.13 WHIP through nine appearances. Dobnak was rewarded with a spot in the starting rotation for his efforts. He was on fire in his first four games, with only 2 earned runs allowed in 20 innings.
Dobnak didn’t allow more than 2 earned runs in his first six starts in 2020. Things were going smoothly for Dobnak before he ran into the Detroit Tigers on August 29. The Tigers got to Dobnak for 12 hits and 6 earned runs through 4.1 innings of play.
Dobnak was able to respond in his performance, as he went 5 innings with 4 hits and no earned runs allowed. However, he crashed again in his most recent performance following that nice start. Dobnak lasted just 2 hits and 5 earned runs across 2.2 innings of work last week versus the Cardinals. Besides two bad spots, Dobnak has been great this season.
Seven really sharp performances and two that he will want to forget about. The good news for Dobnak is that he responded well after getting rocked the first time. He also handled the White Sox well to open the season. The White Sox recorded 3 hits and 1 earned run against Dobnak through 4 innings of work.
His counterpart this evening, Dane Dunning, has been solid with a 2.70 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. That being said, the teams he’s played are the Tigers, Royals twice, and Pirates. The Twins are going to be the rookies first real test on Tuesday night.
He’s been good in two starts, and okay in two starts. Dunning allowed no earned runs in two starts, and 3 earned runs in his other two showings. I’m going to support the Twins as underdogs to tie this series up. There is some decent value to be had at this price.