Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox Series Preview
The Minnesota Twins head into Chicago this weekend, fresh off dropping tow out of three to the Kansas City Royals. Following a strong start by Kyle Gibson and a game one win, the Twins were afforded good starts by both Phil Hughes and Kevin Correia in games two and three. Both of those match ups saw the Twins fall short as they were only able to plate five runs across both contests.
For Chicago, they will welcome the Twins to US Cellular Field after nearly sweeping them earlier in the week. The White Sox are 6-4 in their last ten, and find themselves currently sitting only three games below the .500 mark.
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In game one on Friday night, the Twins will send rookie Logan Darnell to the mound. He will be opposed by Chris Sale of the White Sox. Darnell was shelled for seven runs on 11 hits in his last time out, it also happened to be against these Chicago White Sox. For Sale, his last start came against the Twins. He spun eight shutout innings while striking out 12 and only giving up five hits.
Game two will pit Yohan Pino, in one could be one of his final starts for the Twins, against the White Sox Scott Carroll. Pino pitched well on Sunday against the White Sox but received a no decision. He is currently 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA on the season. For Carroll, he will be looking to go longer in Saturday night’s game. He left his previous tilt with the Twins due to a blister on his throwing hand. Carroll will be looking to lower his 4.29 ERA.
In the final game of the series, the Twins will send Kyle Gibson to the mound and he will be opposed by Jose Quintana for the White Sox. A matchup of two of the AL Central’s better young arms, Gibson was great last time out firing seven shutout innings and beating the Royals’ James Shields. Quintana has 17 quality starts on the season and is 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA in his last three outings. He will look to keep up his strong season.
The series marks a situation where both teams regularly fail to score runs, and outside of Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu, the White Sox have a rather empty offense as well. Minnesota will be looking for key contributions from its bats to snag a couple wins in the series. Look for Kennys Vargas to make his first career major league start as well.
I don’t see any way the Twins get around Chris Sale, but games two and three are very winnable, and the Twins need a couple. Look for Minnesota to take the series 2-1.
Tonight’s first pitch is at 7:10 pm central time and the game can be seen on Fox Sports North.