The Chicago White Sox will be looking to stretch its lead in the American League Central when it faces Minnesota on Wednesday night. Chicago entered Tuesday’s action with a two-game lead over the Twins at the top of the division standings.
Twins hoping Odorizzi is sharpMinnesota entered Tuesday’s action having won three of its last four games. The Twins swept Cleveland over the weekend in an important divisional series. They now lead the Indians by three games for second place in the AL Central standings. A loss to Chicago in the series-opener on Monday means the Twins are now two games behind the White Sox for first place. Veteran designated hitter Nelson Cruz leads the team with 52 hits, batting at a .323 clip on the season. He is tied for the MLB-lead in home runs with 16. Cruz is also tied for the team-high in RBIs with 32, matching left fielder Eddie Rosario. Shortstop Jorge Polanco has 48 hits and 19 RBIs, while first baseman Miguel Sano has added 34 hits and 22 RBIs.
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Right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi is expected to return from the 10-day injured list to start Wednesday’s game, according to Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic. Odorizzi has been out since taking a line drive off the chest in a start against Kansas City on Aug. 21. He has tossed two simulated games at Minnesota’s alternate training site in St. Paul, including 81 pitches in his most recent of the two outings. Odorizzi also opened the year on the injured list with a strained intercostal muscle, so he has only made three starts in total. He brings an 8.10 ERA across 10 innings into this start.
White Sox with chance to strengthen grip on AL Central leadChicago will be looking to maintain its first-place position in the division standings on Wednesday night. The White Sox picked up a 3-1 win in the series-opener on Monday, stretching their winning streak to five games in the process. They swept Detroit over the weekend. Chicago has been a consistent force to be reckoned with all year, going 15-9 at home and 16-7 on the road. First baseman Jose Abreu leads the team with 62 hits and 48 RBIs. He has smashed 15 homers. Shortstop Tim Anderson has 58 hits and 18 RBIs, while young left fielder Eloy Jimenez has added 54 base knocks. Jimenez has 13 long balls and has driven in 36 runs.
Chicago will have Lucas Giolito on the mound in this game. He is coming off a no-decision against Detroit, where he allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven across 5.2 innings. Giolito entered the sixth inning with a one-hit shutout, but gave up three runs in the frame before getting pulled. He still has solid numbers on the season, boasting a 3.43 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Giolito tossed a no-hitter earlier this season. He picked up his fourth win in 2020 in his start before Detroit, allowing three runs on five hits and no walks against Kansas City. That start included nine strikeouts. The 26-year-old has struck out at least seven batters in each of his last five starts.
Stats & Trends
- 1-5 in its last six road games vs. a right-handed starter
- 5-0 in its last five home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 5-0 in Giolito's last five starts
I like Chicago in this game. There are a ton of question marks surrounding Odorizzi in this game. He got off to a very poor start this season and now he will be coming off an injury, which could make things even worse. He will be going up against one of the best pitchers in the American League in this game. Chicago has won the game in Giolito’s last five starts and the White Sox are 5-0 in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record. Minnesota has gone 1-5 in its last six games against a right-handed starter. The White Sox will stretch their divisional lead on Wednesday night.