|CHW (-138) @ caesars|
My selection is on Chicago over Minnesota at 8:10 pm et on Wednesday.
The Twins took the opener of this series but the White Sox have answered back with consecutive wins since and I look for them to take Wednesday's contest as well.
Michael Pineda will make his second start since returning from the I.L. His first actually came against these same White Sox as we was tagged for 12 hits and five earned runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 6-1 home loss on July 7th. Since last season, the Sox have seen Pineda three times, scoring 10 earned runs on 22 hits over 16 2/3 innings. Pineda recorded just 15 strikeouts in those three outings. Note that Pineda checks in sporting a 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in three road starts this season. Worse still, he has posted a 5.84 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in three nighttime starts.
Behind Pineda is a Twins bullpen that has recorded a collective 5.56 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with 10 saves converted and six blown at night this season. Keep in mind, this is a Minnesota team that has gone 18-30 on the road this season.
Chicago will counter with Dylan Cease. He labored through his last start against the Twins on July 5th but that was in Minnesota. He's been a completely different pitcher here at home, posting a 2.15 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with the White Sox winning seven of his nine starts. He'll be making his third straight start on four days' rest but that's not overly concerning when you consider the last time he did it, he tossed seven shutout innings against the Tigers on June 6th, with that start also coming here at home. After struggling in his first two career starts against Minnesota, Cease has generally sorted it out, recording 26 strikeouts while posting a 3-1 team record in his last four outings against the Twins, covering a span of 21 innings.
The White Sox bullpen has been outstanding in division games this season, posting a collective 3.14 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 13 saves converted and only six blown. Their relief corps is among the freshest in baseball, having entered last night's action logging just 290 2/3 innings. For context, some other bullpens have already topped the 400-inning mark. Take Chicago (10*).
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