October is here, which, for both the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins, means that the sands in the bottom half of the hourglass are nearly full.
The former will visit the latter on Monday, kicking off these clubs’ last series of the 2022 season.
They met less than a week ago, with the Twins taking two of three from the South Siders, who were picked by many pundits to come out on top of the MLB standings in the American League Central this season.
Obviously, things didn’t unravel as such. Here’s our White Sox vs Twins betting analysis.
Teams’ Previous Scoreboards
Chicago (79-80) got past playoff-bound San Diego on the road Sunday, 2-1. The White Sox never trailed in the contest and won despite being out-hit, 8-5. Shortstop Elvis Andrus had an important solo homer.
- Designated hitter Jose Abreu
- left fielder AJ Pollock
- second baseman Josh Harrison
- center fielder Adam Engel
Notched knocks, as well. The Twins (77-82) fell short on the road at Detroit, losing a 5-2 decision.
The team could only muster three hits in the defeat, those coming from shortstop Carlos Correa and left fielder Jake Cave. The former had a run driven in, as did second baseman Nick Gordon.
Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Betting Analysis
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox struggled through an eight-game skid in late September, which only added insult to injury for a crew that seemed cut out for the postseason early on.
Instead, they’re 11 games behind Cleveland, who’s locked up the division despite what appeared to be long odds in the preseason.
Abreu paces the order in batting average (.304), on-base percentage (.377), and total hits (181). Vaughn has helped with 17 home runs and 76 RBIs.
Veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto is scheduled to start on the mound for the home team, having posted a 7-10 record and a 3.39 ERA to this point. He went against the Twins last Wednesday, and his team wound up with a losing result.
In that one, he went 5.2 innings, allowing six earned runs on ten hits. He also struck out seven challengers. He’ll look to help the fact that, with a few wins in this three-game slate, Chicago could at least ensure that it finishes above .500.
The Twins boast one of the game’s most productive hitters in the first baseman Luis Arraez, who’s making it harder on the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge to bag a Triple Crown. Arraez has a .315 batting average and a .372 on-base percentage.
Meanwhile, Twins stats have center fielder Byron Buxton swatting a team-high 28 homers and first baseman Jose Miranda driving 66 runs in.
Righty Bailey Ober will be on the rubber. He has a 2-3 record with a 3.18 ERA in 10 starts this year. He went 7.1 frames against the White Sox last week, giving up a mere two base hits.
MLB Injury Report
You’ll want to know who’s healthy and playing before you put your money on the line, right? Aiding our White Sox vs Twins betting analysis is this injury report.
Minnesota’s Arraez is day-to-day at the moment, while catcher Sandy Leon is done for the year with a knee injury. Same with second baseman Jorge Polanco.
For the White Sox, shortstop Tim Anderson is out for good with a hand injury. Center fielder Luis Robert is also shelved for what’s left of the campaign.
White Sox vs. Twins Betting Preview
Now that you’ve seen the White Sox vs Twins betting analysis let’s take a quick look at what each team’s betting numbers are today.
The oddsmakers favor the home team to win this one. Chicago is -1.5 on the run line at +180, while the Twins are -220 to cover the spread.
On the moneyline, the White Sox are -126 and Minnesota a +108 underdog. The total has been set at seven runs, with the over being -122 and the under +100 at the time of this writing.
Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Betting Prediction
This one figures to be a close, entertaining bout late in the season, even though both teams are mathematically out of the postseason.
Who to Bet On?
We’ll make White Sox picks now, going with Chicago to cover the spread at home. Minnesota’s Arraez isn’t sure to play, and the South Siders have a solid, tested hurler going.
MLB Pick: White Sox -1.5 (+180)