White Sox vs. Twins Prediction
The Minnesota Twins are a surprise early leader in the AL Central after a few weeks of play. Can they continue their strong start on Thursday evening when they host division foe, the Chicago White Sox, at 8:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:10PM ET, Target Field
TV: FSN, NSCH
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Twins are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -180 to prevail The White Sox have odds of +160 to win on the road. Currently, 80% of the wagers are going on the Twins at home tonight. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Twins an AL contender?
Minnesota is coming off a surprising series win over the Houston Astros this week, taking two of three at home. The Twins managed to put up 13 runs on the Astros over the two wins and they are now averaging 4.70 runs per game. The team continues to be without pitchers Phil Hughes and Ervin Santana, due to injuries, but the hitting has managed to erase those absences.
Jose Berrios will get the start tonight and he opened his season with a complete game shutout against the Orioles. He followed that up with a shaky loss against Mariners, allowing five runs over 4.2 innings. Berrios has 13 strikeouts with one walks through his two starts.
White Sox playing like road warriors
Chicago is coming off a six-game home stand where it went just 1-5. The White Sox now go on the road where they are 3-2 with wins over the Royals and Blue Jays. Chicago is averaging 4.36 runs per game thus far, but allowing 5.36 per game. Pitching hasn’t been something it can count on early in 2018.
Lucas Giolito gets the call on Thursday night and his numbers are definitely not improving the averages for Chicago. Through two starts he is 0-1 with a 6.17 ERA. Giolito has allowed eight runs over 11.2 innings and has seven walks with just five strikeouts.
MLB Betting Trends
The White Sox haven’t been good on the road over the last year, going just 22-48 in their last 70 road games. They are also 18-47 in their last 65 games against a winning team. The Sox have dropped four of their last five series openers.
Minnesota has been strong with Berrios pitching at home. They have won eight of his last nine home starts and six straight of his home starts against a losing team. Overall, the Twins have won 17 of their last 24 home games and seven of their last 10 AL Central games.
Minnesota has a lot to be excited about thus far. Their hitting has been better than many expected and they face a struggling pitcher tonight. On the other side, Berrios should be able to return to his season-debut form against this Chicago lineup that struggled in their six-game homestand. I don’t see the White Sox being able to outscore the Twins tonight.
The Pick: Minnesota Twins -180