The runs kept coming for the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, as they put up 8 runs in an 8-1 win. This was after they defeated the White Sox by a score of 11-4. The offense has been on fire for the Twins and they’ve been on fire overall this season. The Indians are being left in the dust, just like they did to the Twins last season. The tables are turning in the AL Central, but we’ll wait to see which way the table is pointing in September.
With a record of 35-16, it’s hard to deny that the Twins aren’t a good team, though. I don’t think this is a fluke and the Indians are going to have a lot of work in front of them.
What they certainly are going to need is for Corey Kluber to return healthy and pitch like an ace. Even before his fractured arm, Kluber was not pitching like himself. After how easy it was on the Indians last season, this start and deficit is entirely new territory for them.
The Twins playing as a competitive team isn’t too much of a surprise. They got better in the offseason and already had a solid foundation. However, doing it like this and winning how they are is the surprise. The pitching has been getting it done as well.
It gets lost due to how the offense is smashing the ball, but the pitching staff gets some credit. As a team, they’re 8th in the majors with a total team ERA of 3.83. Jake Odorizzi will get the starting nod on Sunday following a dazzling performance against the Angels in his last outing. He’s been dazzling over the course of the last month. The White Sox are expected to counter Odorizzi with Dylan Covey. Head below for our free White Sox vs. Twins pick.
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The Twins have been red-hot and Jake Odorizzi has been no exception. Odorizzi has been on fire with an ERA of 1.56 and 0.98 WHIP in his last three games. In four of his last five games, Odorizzi has allowed no runs. Along with that impressive stat, he’s allowed 2 or less runs in six of seven games.
It’s a major improvement for Odorizzi after sputtering in his first season as a Twin. Odorizzi was acquired last season with the purposes of giving the team an extra push to get further in 2018. If you recall, the Twins were a wildcard team in 2017 and then expected to do more the following year. That didn’t happen, but look at what’s happening this season.
Odorizzi is coming around along with the rest of the team. His effort at home has been superb with an ERA of 1.45 and 0.87 WHIP. In five starts at home, Odorizzi sports a perfect record of 4-0 and has allowed more than 1 run only once. His worst start was an 8-7 win for the Twins over the Angels on the 15th. Odorizzi gave up 9 hits and 3 runs in 5 innings of work. He responded brilliantly with no runs surrendered and allowed 3 hits yielded vs the Angels in Anaheim.
The White Sox have had trouble against Odorizzi in the past, even when he hasn’t been this hot. They’re hitting .200 with no home runs against Odorizzi in 75 at-bats. The White Sox have scored just 6 runs against Odorizzi in his career. Dylan Covey can only watch as he hopes to get on that level.
Covey has been adequate at home, but has unraveled on the road. He owns an ERA of 8.10, 2.00 WHIP, and .400 OBA. In his last three outings, Covey posted a 5.65 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. Minnesota have scored an average of 9.72 runs per game in their last ten games as opposed to 3.32 for the Sox. The Twins likely aren’t going to be slowed down by Covey and the White Sox here. Look for the train to keep on rolling in Minnesota on Sunday.