Minnesota vs Chicago MLB Opening Lines
It’s not overstating the fact when we say that every single game at this stage of the MLB season is of utmost importance for the teams as well as MLB betting fans. That is not to belittle the games that have gone before, but when you are in a playoff race with time running out, every single win is huge. The Minnesota Twins are in that very position, and will hope to be back in a Wild Card spot after a home series versus the Chicago White Sox. Game 2 of that series is set for Wednesday night.
Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox MLB Opening Lines
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 2, 8:10 PM, ET
Venue: Target Field, Minnesota
Radio: Go 96.3, TIBN
Opening Lines: Minnesota -120, Chicago +110
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 30, 2015
You have to give credit to the Twins (67-63) for really scrapping their way into their current position. While other teams are falling out of the playoff picture, the Twins are hanging in there by coming up with some big wins. They have now gone 3 series without being beaten, and have compiled an 8-2 record during that stretch. Everyone is playing their part, but Miguel Sano is going above and beyond. Sano is hitting .269 with 2 HR and 8 RBI in his last 7 games.
The Twins are playing really well on the defensive side of things, too, and they needed that in order to take 2 of 3 from the Houston Astros in their last series. Wins in this match-up versus the White Sox are crucial, because next up for Minnesota are Houston and Kansas City. Tommy Milone (6-4, 3.86 ERA) will be trying to bounce back after a rough start last time out.
Every team has a turning point in their season that they can point to and see where things went right or wrong. For the Chicago White Sox (61-68) it was the trade deadline. They were widely expected to be sellers, with Jeff Samardzija being the player most likely to go, but a 7-game win streak before July 31st led the White Sox to stand pat and go with what they had. It all fell apart after that, with Samardzija going on to have an 0-6 August and 8.82 ERA during that stretch.
To put all the blame on the pitcher is entirely unfair, but he has become something of a poster child for trade deadline inactivity on the part of the White Sox. Carlos Rodon (6-5, 4.15 ERA) will get the start as he goes in search of back to back wins.
Key Betting Trends
- Chi White Sox is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
- Chi White Sox is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
- Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox
- Minnesota is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
The Twins have had the White Sox number this season, going a very respectable 9-4 against them in the first half. This is their first match-up in the second half, but I expect the same results, which means a win for the Twins.