Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox Series Preview
The Minnesota Twins played a double-header against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, and despite the games being split by only a matter of an hour or so, the Twins just couldn’t tire the Indians out. After being swept in yesterday’s doubleheader, Minnesota immediately heads to Chicago to take on the White Sox.
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Currently sitting at 84 losses, the Twins are trending towards 90 at a blistering pace, something that has been puzzling as the summer has turned into fall. With the over under set at 71 wins coming into the season, that number is looking less and less likely.
Unfortunately for the Twins, and fans around Twins territory, despite having many winnable series late in the year, Minnesota has failed to get it done. If the pitching has been there, the offense hasn’t, and vice versa. Despite the opportunity to gameplan towards 2015, Ron Gardenhire has gone with some interesting lineup choices, and this is where we now find ourselves.
Regardless, the games must go on.
Game one of the series with the White Sox is must watch baseball. Say what you want about Twins pitching, but Phil Hughes has been fantastic. Tonight he goes up against Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox. Hughes has a 2.78 ERA and 17 strikeouts over his last three outings, while Quintana is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA through his last three starts.
Game two welcomes Tommy Milone back to the Twins rotation. He will be opposed by Scott Carroll of the White Sox. The Twins are still waiting for the solid pitcher that Milone was with the Athletics to show up. Against Carroll and the White Sox lineup could be a great opportunity.
In the final matchup of the series, the Twins will send Trevor May to the mound to face off with Hector Noesi. In September, May is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA, and he has started to show signs of improvement. Noesi has pitched to a 3.54 ERA across his last three outings.
The Twins have lost two straight and have won only three times in their last 10 games while the White Sox have split their last 10.
Scoring only five runs in the last three games, the bats have cooled off for the Twins. Recent games have seen Kennys Vargas and Joe Mauer‘s average dip, along with Trevor Plouffe cool down from his hot streak. That will need to turn around in the series with the White Sox.
Look for Minnesota to pitch well in the first two games and take them both, while dropping the third. A 2-1 series win looks probable here.
Tune in for the first pitch of game one on Friday night at 7:10pm central time. The game can be seen on Fox Sports North and heard on the Twins Radio Network.