Breaking down the Minnesota Twins’ AL Central Rivals: Chicago White Sox

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Yasmani Grandal and Michael Kopech of the Chicago White Sox (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
Yasmani Grandal and Michael Kopech of the Chicago White Sox (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Twins’ Josh Donaldson (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Twins Lineup vs. Chicago White Sox Lineup

Both the Twins and the White Sox have changed their lineups greatly over the past few years, and the result includes some new young talent and some pretty powerful sluggers. Despite the Twins power show last season, this one is closer than you think.

Twins:

White Sox

  • C-Yasmani Grandal: .246 BA, 28 HR, 77 RBI, All-Star
  • 1B-Jose Abreu: .284 BA, 33 HR, 123 RBI, All-Star
  • 2B-Leury Garcia: .279 BA, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 15 SB
  • SS-Tim Anderson: .335 BA, 18 HR, 56 RBI, 17 SB, Batting Champion
  • 3B-Yoan Moncada: .315 BA, 25 HR, 79 RBI, 10 SB
  • LF-Eloy Jiminez: .267 BA, 31 HR, 79 RBI
  • CF-Luis Robert: .328 BA, 32 HR, 92 RBI, 36 SB (MINORS, MLB #3 Prospect)
  • RF-Nomar Mazara: .268 BA, 19 HR, 66 RBI
  • DH-Edwin Encarnacion: .244 BA, 34 HR, 86 RBI

If you were looking for a lineup that compares to the Twins, look no further than Chicago. Both the Twins and the White Sox have a lineup that has scary hitters from top to bottom, with all nine hitters for both teams a threat to homer or get on base.

The Twins will hit more home runs, but the White Sox will get on base more and score more. Despite the Twins will having a dominant lineup, the White Sox could be even better if Luis Roberts is as good as advertised. We’ll give the edge to the White Sox for now, but this is a close one. Advantage: White Sox.

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Chicago White Sox’ James McCann (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Twins Bench vs. Chicago White Sox Bench

The White Sox are one of the few teams to have a 2019 All-Star on their bench in James McCann, and it’s fitting that they’re one of the deeper teams in the league. Don’t count the Twins out, as they have one of the more talented groups as well. Here’s the run-down:

Twins:

White Sox:

This Twins take this last group because of Marwin Gonzalez and the defensive ability of this bench. The White Sox have McCann, Engel, and not much else, helping the Twins out there as well. Advantage: Twins.

Record Prediction:

The White Sox will make things hard on the Twins this season, but they won’t have the pitching to overtake the Twins and win the division. Here are the final projected records for each team:

Minnesota Twins: 95-67

Chicago White Sox: 87-75

A special thank you to the Co-Experts of Southside Showdown, the Chicago White Sox FanSided site for providing the White Sox Roster projection!

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