The Chicago White Sox are next into town to be welcomed by the Minnesota Twins on the current home stand. Following a series win over the Cleveland Indians, the Twins will be looking to take a second series from an AL Central division foe, and climb further back towards the .500 mark.
Fresh off of dropping two games out of a three game set with the Kansas City Royals, the White Sox will be looking to right the ship and stay ahead of the Twins in the AL Central division standings.
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Chicago comes into Target Field looking at a 3-7 record through their last ten games, while the Twins boast a 5-5 record in their last 10 games.
Jose Abreu re-entered the White Sox lineup today after spending a day out of the lineup due to minor injury. Abreu is by far leading the AL Rookie of the Year race this year, and will look to keep his success rolling against the Twins at Target Field.
In game one Hector Noesi will go for the White Sox and he will be opposed by Phil Hughes. Hughes will be looking to get back to early season form, while Noesi will look for yet another quality start, making it four out of his last six outings.
Game two will feature two pitchers being thrown around in trade rumors. John Danks will go for the White Sox and he will be opposed by Kevin Correia. Danks could be auditioning for a shot in the Yankees rotation, and Correia will be working to show his last game was a minor stumble.
At this point, game three will feature Chris Sale for the White Sox, however Saturday’s starter for the Twins has yet to be announced. Potential options could be Alex Meyer or Sean Gilmartin if Kyle Gibson is not able to reclaim his spot in the rotation.
For the final game of the series, Yohan Pino will go for the Twins. Chicago has yet to announce a starter for Sunday’s matchup.
The Twins currently sit six games below .500 and while a sweep would be great, a series win would be a nice consolation in the quest to get back to .500.
Chris Sale is essentially unbeatable for the White Sox, and he dominated the Twins back in May. I look for Hughes to get back on track and Correia to best Danks taking the first two games of the series. The offense will need to come back alive to help Yohan Pino on Sunday, but I see a 3-1 series win for the Twins.