Despite losing two games in a row, Chicago is once again the leader in the Central division and hopes that the series with Minnesota will further extend its lead. These two teams have met before just a week ago and the White Sox swept the series in front of their own fans. The opportunity of repeating that performance was lost last night, when the Twins won the opening game by 7-6.
Bet: Over 10,5 runs
Odds: bet365 2.45
It was a thrilling win for a team who extended its winning streak to four victories, but more remarkable is the fact that Minnesota managed to score four runs against a great pitcher such as Quintana. They should have a much easier job tonight against a player that they know all too well, as Francisco Liriano played for the Twins for more than six years. Unfortunately for Francisco, his performance in 2012 was nothing to shout for and so far he lost 10 decisions out of 13.
Let the scoring festival begin
Now that he returns to the Metrodome for a game against his former team, Liriano will be hard-pressed to improve his 5.31 ERA against a team that is surging. The offensive enabled Minnesota to win the last four games, with an average of seven runs scored per game. They were no match for divisional rivals Cleveland, and following the success recorded in the opening game of the series, the Twins can avenge their recent string of defeats.
The White Sox need to find a solution quickly, because the fortunate context can’t last much longer and Detroit will sooner or later make a claim for the lead. Chicago has been lucky enough to retain its dominant position, but in order to consolidate it they need to extend Blackburn’s misery. Not so long ago this starting pitcher was among the best Minnesota had in his roster, but 2012 has been a terrible season for Nick. He concedes an average of eight runs per game and he can consider himself lucky to have four victories out of 10 decisions.
Last time these two teams met in Chicago, the hosts won all three games, something that is obviously not going to happen this week. On the other hand, the average number of runs scored was a massive 12 per game and with 13 scored last night we are entitled to expect a similar outcome. Bet365 tempts us with odds that are clearly exaggerated for Over 10,5 runs and I think that passing on the bookmaker’s offer would be a mistake.