Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins MLB Odds Report
Just last week it looked as though the American League Wild Card was going to see a few teams drop out, but things have become a little tight again, especially for that final spot to the thrill of MLB betting fans. The Texas Rangers are holding on right now, but they have the Minnesota Twins now breathing down their necks pretty hard. The Twins will close out a 3-game home series versus the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon.
Take a Look at the Odds Report on Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins & Game Info
Date/Time: Thursday, September 3, 1:10 PM, ET
Venue: Target Field, Minnesota
Radio: Go 96.3, TIBN
Opening Lines: Minnesota -135, Chicago +125
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) September 2, 2015
It has been something of a return from the dead for the Minnesota Twins (68-63), especially when you consider how poorly they started the second half. They started to come alive towards the end of August, and are now on an 8-2 run in their past 10 games that has lifted them to within a game of the Texas Rangers for the final Wild Card spot. The offense has been heating up quite nicely for the Twins, with both Eduardo Escobar and Miguel Sano playing major roles in the turn of fortune. The real test for Minnesota is going to come after this series, as they will have to take to the road for a 9-game trip that will include stops in Houston and Kansas City.Those are two spots where the visitors have a hard time getting wins, so it’s fair to say that the road trip could well decide their playoff fate. Kyle Gibson (9-9, 3.82 ERA) will start, and will be looking to replicate the outing he had in his last start, where he went 5.2 scoreless innings.
The second half of the season has been an unmitigated disaster for the Chicago White Sox (61-69), particularly in the period following the trade deadline. Prior to July 31st, the White Sox went on a winning streak that left them a game under .500, and within reach of the Wild Card. Management decided to stand pat with the players that they had, and then had to sit back and watch as the wheels came off. Chicago has been unable to string any kind of positive run together through January, and are now 7.5 game back of the final spot in the Wild Card.
They lost the first game in this series, and will have to close it out with a pitcher on the mound who is having a nightmare second half. That man is Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.85 ERA), who is currently on a 6-game losing skid.
Key Baseball Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi White Sox’s last 5 games on the road
- Chi White Sox is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
- Chi White Sox is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 7 games at home
- Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chi White Sox
- Minnesota is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
It has pretty much been a guaranteed win for any team that Samardzija has faced since the trade deadline, and I see no reason why that should change here.