Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox MLB Betting predictions

Twins vs White Sox Week 7
Twins vs White Sox MLB betting predictions

The AL Central first place White Sox host the Twins in the first of a 3 game set on Chicago’s South side. The Sox have been hot and manager Tony La Russa will call on RHP Dylan Cease (2-0, 1-0 home) to face the Twins RHP Kenta Maeda (2-2). The Sox have been winning behind hot bats and I expect Chicago to get a home win Tuesday night. Take the Sox to win.

Twins vs White Sox betting odds

Recent history will tell you just how well things are going for Tony La Russa and his White Sox. The Sox are in first place in the AL Central at 19-13, have won 7 of 10 and they just swept a 3 game road series at division rival Kansas City. In the series the Sox outscored the Royals 21-3 and scored 8 runs in the 1st inning of game 2 Saturday. Things are going so well for the Sox that La Russa quashed rumors of Angels slugger Albert Pujols coming to Chicago (Pujols, who played for La Russa in St. Louis, was designated for assignment last week by the Angels). “Not a fit,” for Chicago according to the Sox skip…yep things must be pretty good if you’re easily turning down a sure first ballot hall of famer.

Tuesday night in Chicago La Russa will send Dylan Cease to the mound. Cease has improved in each of his 3 MLB seasons (all with the Sox) and is 2-0 this year in 6 starts with a 1.22 WHIP and a 2.37 ERA in 30 ⅓ innings pitched. Cease has been notably better in Guaranteed Rate Field (which I will always think of as Comiskey Park) and he is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and has held the opposition to a .189 batting average.

La Russa’s trend with Cease has been to go to the pen by the 6th, and the White Sox bullpen this season has a 3.99 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. I expect to see a closer come out of the bullpen for La Russa Tuesday and Liam Hendricks is closing for the Sox and has 2 of his 6 saves at home in ‘21 and has a season ERA of 3.55.

This season the White Sox have been good at the plate. Chicago has a .255 BA (4th), .399 OB % (2nd) and 164 runs scored (4th). Catcher Yermin Mercedes continues his red hot pace and is 2nd in all of MLB behind the Angels Mike Trout, Mercedes with a .373 average. Mercedes leads the Sox with a .407 OBP and 38 hits. 1B Jose Abreu leads the Sox with 26 RBI and 6 HR.

Like Chicago the Twins had Monday as a scheduled off day. Minnesota will be well rested as their Sunday afternoon game was rained out in Detroit. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, who won the AL Central in his first two seasons with MN, needs to right the ship in 2021, his Twins have the 2nd fewest wins in MLB and are 12-20 and in 4th in the AL Central. Tuesday Baldelli will call on former Dodger’s starter Kenta Maeda, who in 6 appearances this season has struggled with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.

When Baldelli goes to his bullpen he calls on relievers who have struggled in ‘21. The Twins pen has a 4.92 ERA (which is 7th worst in MLB) and a WHIP of 1.38.

At the plate the Twins bright spot as a team is the slugging %, the Twins are slugging .425. The Twins team BA is 7th in MLB at .242. Last week the Twins placed CF Byron Buxton on the 10 day IR (hip) which hurts as Buxton leads the Twins in both HR and hits. Still in the line-up are Luis Arraez who has a .398 OBP and 17 year veteran slugger DH Nelson Cruz who leads the team with a .294 BA and 21 RBI.

In the past 12 seasons the White Sox have only won the season series with the Twins 3 times, and, as this is a division rivalry game anything can happen. Still, with the Sox hot bats and a solid starter going against a shaky Maeda for MN, I say take the White Sox to win.

Twins White Sox
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+102 -125
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My Prediction

The White Sox get a game one divisional win against MN.

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