A key American League Central battle continues Tuesday, September 1, 2020, when the Chicago White Sox (22-13) visit the Minnesota Twins (20-16) in game two of their three-game series. The White Sox have been red hot and now lead the tight AL Central by one game over the Cleveland Indians. Minnesota sits in third place, just 2.5 games back of Chicago. This game will air live on ESPN+ at 8:10 p.m. EST.
These two teams played a tight game Monday night and the Chicago White Sox walked away with a late 8-5 win. The game was tied at five heading into the top of the ninth inning, but a Luis Robert go-ahead ground rule double gave the White Sox the lead and the win.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins. All odds are from BetRivers Sportsbook.
Chicago White Sox (-121) at Minnesota Twins (+105)
Pitching Matchup: Dallas Keuchel (5-2, 2.70 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) vs Michael Pineda (first appearance of 2020)
Dallas Keuchel will look to continue his strong 2020 as the lefty hopes to continue his streak of allowing two earned runs or less. In his last three starts, Keuchel has given up a combined 14 hits and five earned runs in 19.2 innings pitched. The veteran lefty has given up more than two earned runs in just one of his seven starts this season.
Michael Pineda will make his 2020 debut after completing his 60-game suspension after testing positive for a banned diuretic. Pineda went 11-5 last season after posting a 4.01 ERA.
The Chicago White Sox have been very balanced, and good, at the plate this season as multiple players lead them in the major offensive categories. Shortstop Tim Anderson leads the club with a .330 batting average and .372 on base percentage, while first baseman Jose Abreu leads with a .636 slugging and a .996 OPS. Abreu also leads the team with a 12 home runs and 32 RBI’s.
It has been the Nelson Cruz show in Minnesota this season as the designated hitter, who just turned 40, is showing no signs of slowing down. Cruz leads the Twins with a .311 batting average, .404 on base percentage, .664 slugging, and a 1.068 OPS. The veteran also leads the Twins with 13 home runs and 29 RBI’s.
MLB Predictions: I like the Minnesota Twins to even the series up Tuesday night.
2020 Picks Record: 37-27