The Minnesota Twins go to battle against the Chicago White Sox over the next few days with top honors in the AL Central within reach. With around a month left in the regular season, the Twins are in a good position to become the new champs of the division. Minnesota haven’t won the division since 2010. The Indians quest for a four-peat is in serious danger right now.
They’ll need to complete a comeback over the next month of play. The Twins enter Tuesday with a 3.5-game lead on Cleveland for the top spot. They just have to stay focused and take it game by game before worrying about the postseason.
The Twins were winners in two of three games over the Tigers this past weekend. They put on a show with 15 runs in Game 2 and 3 to close out the series. The Tigers pulled off the upset in the series opener with a 9-6 victory.
Jose Berrios was on the bump for the Twins, but it didn’t matter, as Drew VerHagen emerged with an unlikely win for the Tigers. What’s important is that the Twins were able to respond and pick up two wins immediately thereafter. Minnesota are an 8-2 club in their previous ten outings.
Conversely, the White Sox were sharp with three of four wins against the Rangers over the weekend. Dating back to a win against the Twins on August 21st, the White Sox are 4-1 in their previous five games.
Lucas Giolito put on a show in that outing, and he will have another opportunity to do it again tonight. The Twins will turn to Michael Pineda, who had a 14-4 win against the White Sox seven days ago. Get our free Twins vs. White Sox pick below.
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Lucas Giolito has been one of the few bright spots for the White Sox this season. There’s been a few, including Yoan Moncada, who is on the cusp of being a brand name. Giolito is on pace for the best year of his career as a full-time starting pitcher. He welcomes the Twins to Chicago with a 3.20 ERA and record of 14-6. Giolito recently had a standout performance against the Twins, as he got his team a 4-0 win in Minnesota. The Twins managed just 3 hits with no runs against Giolito.
He went the distance for a complete game, having pitched 115 pitches. That’s a lot of work for him and the White Sox have been giving a lot of work to him recently. He has eclipsed 100 pitches in his last four games for an average of 109.5 pitches per game. The 115 was a season-high for him. We’ll see if there are any complications for him with a tired arm tonight.
Overall, Minnesota have been fairly decent against Giolito with 8 home runs and 20 runs in 152 at-bats. Along with the standout outing by Giolito, they also crushed him for 7 earned runs on July 25th in a 10-3 win for the Twins. Nelson Cruz has been a monster against Giolito in his career. He is hitting .444 with 3 home runs in 9 plate appearances. Jonathan Schoop is hitting .500 in 8 at-bats and Max Kepler has gotten to Giolito for a .375 average and long ball in 16 at-bats.
Giolito has struggled a bit at home as well, or at least, in comparison to his overall production in 2019. He holds a 3.99 ERA in 65.1 inning at home compared to a 2.61 ERA in 86.1 innings on the road. On the other side, Pineda has held his own against the White Sox. They are hitting .240 with 3 long balls in 96 at-bats.
Pineda hasn’t been amazing in 2019, but he’s afforded the Twins a consistent arm. He enters the Tuesday matchup with a 4.26 ERA on the season and a 4.00 ERA in his previous three outings. In two out of his last three outings against the Sox this season, he’s held them to 1 or 2 runs. He was touched up for 4 earned runs in his most recent appearance, but I like him to settle in and pitch a nice game. Go with the team who are playing for something in this matchup Tuesday night.