Baseball: White Sox vs Twins Series Preview

Sox Johnny Cueto (3-4, 2.91 era) vs Sonny Gray (4-2, 3.03 era), Sox Searching for .500

White Sox vs Twins series preview starts with Twins opening as a -155 favorite with the total set at 8.5 -110, each way. Minnesota is 17-9 (65.39%) as a favorite of -150 or more while Chicago is just 7-12 (36.84%) when receiving +130 or better. (opening lines only, odds subject to change)

The Chicago White Sox betting odds are within sight of .500 again with two straight wins over Cleveland to earn a split of their four games series. MLB standings division show first place is also still within reach as the Sox trail the Minnesota Twins by five games heading into this four-game series in the Central Division. Once again, the Twins are among the leaders in home runs, trailing only Seattle by 10 homers in the American League.

      • Game: Chicago White Sox (43-45) at Minnesota Twins (49-41)
      • Location: Target Field
      • Day/Time:
      • Television: NBCSCH, BSNO

Cueto Looking for His Groove

Chicago isn’t sure if the injury to Eloy Jimenez will affect the middle of their line-up today, they’ll be relying less on a .197 hitter and more on Johnny Cueto, who says he has plenty left in the tank. That was obvious when the 36-year-old completed the White Sox’ longest start when he went eight innings in an 8-0 win. In 10 starts, Cueto owns an incredible 2.91era with a 19.4% strikeout rate. Cueto doesn’t throw as hard as he used to but that doesn’t stop him from being aggressive in the strike zone.

Since 2009, Cueto has been a reliable wager, earning over 3,000 units behind a 179-128 (58.31%).  Since 2016, 2 time all-star is 66-46 (58.93%) +1663 units. Cueto is 3-2 as an underdog but that’s good enough to hand bettors 252 units. That tells you that the right-hander comes through as a plus money dog. The problem with Tony La Russa’s team is for bettors in their inability to cash out at home with 1,046 units lost this season. The road is a different story with 403 units won behind a 24-20 road record. The Twins have given the Sox more problems than any other team beating them 5 of 6, leaving Sox bettors -416 units.

Sonny Gray Looking for Magic at Home

MLB Minnesota split a 2- game series after a dramatic game-ending homer from Jose Miranda against Milwaukee’s Josh Hader, Wednesday, but now they must focus on keeping the lead in the American League Central against the hard-charging White Sox. The advantage that Minnesota has over the rest of the division is their depth at pitching and their pen is highlighted by one of the best closers in the American League, Jhoan Duran.

When Sonny Gray starts, Minnesota is 8-4 but has given bettors just 38 units in return. The Twins are one of those teams that have a terrific record as a favorite but because they’ve lost games they shouldn’t have along the way, the return isn’t great as players would expect. In fact, at home, the Twins are 26-19 but have lost 136 units.  This makes it more difficult to pick and choose when to play the Twins especially when the betting odds on the Sox make it difficult to overlook.

White Sox vs Twins Series Preview: Betting Overview

The public has reacted to the opening number as expected with the majority of tickets coming in on the Twins. You probably want to ride with Chicago throughout the series because you’ll make money unless the Twins sweep or take three of four.  If game one is any indication of what the rest of the series will bring, the White Sox betting odds will be handing us generous (+) plus money. It’s not going too far figuring you’re going to get the bets from the Sox who need to end the Twin’s dominance head to head. The way to attack this is to go with the Sox in game one and if you get a winner in game one get out of the series as we anticipate the standings in the Central to get tighter.

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