The Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox have two more games at Guaranteed Rate Field following a wacky extra-inning game last night. In the first-ever instance in major league history, the White Sox flew into an 8-5 double play.
Not often you see a triple play start with a fly out to center 👀
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 5, 2022
The White Sox had runners on and no outs in a 2-2 game. It appeared like the White Sox were ready to take the lead and blow the game open. That was until AJ Pollock made good contact to get the ball in deep center field.
The White Sox should have won that game, but they gave a win away. Their bullpen held well until Joe Kelly took the mound in extras, so that’s likely a win if the White Sox don’t botch things late in the game with 2 runners on and no outs.
There’s talent on this roster, but they are finding new ways to beat themselves. The White Sox are 38-40 and 5.5 games behind the Twins for the lead in the AL Central. Optimistically, despite two games under .500, they’re within reach of the division.
The Twins lead the division at 46-37 and have a 3.5-game lead on the Guardians. That’s a decent enough lead, but it doesn’t appear that a team from the AL Central is coming out of the ALCS this season.
The Twins are looking for back-to-back wins in Chicago behind the arm of Chris Archer. Archer has turned back the calendar this year and is pitching like the 2013-2015 version. Michael Kopech counters for the White Sox.
Head below for our free Twins vs. White Sox prediction on July 5, 2022.
Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox Live Betting Odds:
|Minneosta Twins||+1.5 (-175)||+110||Over 9.5 (-105)|
|Chicago White Sox||-1.5 (+150)||-132||Under 9.5 (-115)|
|Team Data||Minnesota Twins||Chicago White Sox|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.247||.231|
|Runs Per 9||4.56||4.23|
|Team ERA Away/Home||3.82||4.58|
Twins vs. White Sox Prediction:
Chris Archer hasn’t been an above-average form since 2015 with the Tampa Bay Rays. His ERA has been above 4.00 yearly since then, and a trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates only worsened it.
The Rays were planning to find his groove again in Tampa last year. Archer was injured and pitched only six games with a 4.66 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.
He’s figured out what was bothering up, apparently, because Archer is in his best shape now than in a long time. Archer is going into this one with an ERA of 3.08 and a 1.26 WHIP.
In his previous three attempts, Archer has posted an ERA of 2.08 and a 0.92 WHIP. His work on the road has been in top form, as Archer has notched a 2.70 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 34 innings.
The White Sox are 21st in the majors offensively. If last night is any indicator, the White Sox are finding it tough to finish innings strongly.
Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 6-4
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games on a Tuesday
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games versus a right-handed starter
- UNDER is 4-0-1 in their previous five games
- UNDER is 12-2-2 in their previous 16 games versus a team with a losing record
- UNDER is 7-3-1 in their previous 11 games after a win
- Record (Last 10): 5-5
- 4-1 overall in their previous five games
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games at home
- UNDER is 5-1 in their previous six games after a loss
- UNDER is 4-0-1 in thier previous five games at home
- UNDER is 7-3-1 in their previous 11 games
Michael Kopech is in his first season as a full-time member of the rotation. He appeared in 44 games a season ago, but only four of which were starts.
The rookie recorded a 5.02 ERA and 1.53 WHIP through four starts in his first major league experience in 2018. He missed 2019 and 2020 before getting a chance last season.
His best results have been at home, where Kopech has posted an ERA of 2.08 and a 0.81 WHIP. Kopech was on fire in an earlier work versus the Twins.
The total looks slightly too inflated at Guaranteed Rate Field. I’d probably have this total at 8.5 or 9 runs, not the posted 9.5. I will side with the pitchers and lock in the UNDER.