Chicago White Sox vs Minnesota Twins: Prediction, Preview & Odds -- Aug. 11, 2021

by Big Al Staff

Game time: 1:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
Where to watch: YouTube

Season-to-date (entering Tuesday)
White Sox: 67-46 (1st place, AL Central)
Twins: 48-65 (Last place, AL Central)

Projected lineup


White Sox:
Tim Anderson (R) SS
Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
Jose Abreu (R) 1B
Eloy Jimenez (R) DH
Yoan Moncada (S) 3B
Brian Goodwin (L) RF
Luis Robert (R) CF
Leury Garcia (S) LF
Seby Zavala (R) C

Twins:
Max Kepler (L) RF
Brent Rooker (R) DH
Jorge Polanco (S) 2B
Luis Arraez (L) 3B
Miguel Sano (R) 1B
Jake Cave (L) CF
Ryan Jeffers (R) C
Trevor Larnach (L) LF
Andrelton Simmons (R) SS

Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings: White Sox -155, Twins +135

Recent form (entering Tuesday)
White Sox: Four-game winning streak
Twins: Have won three of last five

Jack Banks started the new week with an easy MLB winner Monday when the White Sox covered the run line with a 11-1 win over the Twins. Jack is now on a 71 percent winning run and he has a 10* MLB Shocker Game of the Week on Tuesday. Make sure to catch Jack’s daily MLB picks, as well as our other handicappers’ thoughts on our Best Bets site.

White Sox - Twins Preview


Oh, look. Eloy Jimenez just hit another home run.

It’s one thing if a player is hitting .375 over a 15-game stretch and driving in runs. It’s another when every swing of the bat produces the most beautiful sound with the ball landing 450 feet later.

That’s been the Chicago White Sox left fielder the past few games with consecutive multi-home run games at the Chicago Cubs and Monday against the Minnesota Twins. The American League Central teams will wrap up their three-game series Wednesday night at Target Field, as the White Sox continue to pad their division lead.

Jimenez made his season debut July 26 after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in spring training. After going 2 for his first 19, Jimenez has brought pop and offense to the White Sox lineups. Entering Tuesday, the 24-year-old Jimenez is on a five-game hitting streak, batting 9-for-18 with four homers and 11 RBI.

It’s not just the way he’s swinging the bat and dominating in all offensive categories lately. Just listen to these homers.


That beautiful sound of crushing a baseball is almost similar to the White Sox’s grip on the AL Central, a commanding 10.5-game lead on the Cleveland Indians entering Tuesday. Chicago will put its four-game winning streak on the line when ace Lance Lynn takes the mound. The right-hander is coming off a six-inning effort with eight strikeouts Friday against the Cubs.

As we begin the transition from August to September, gradually, the White Sox appear to be fine. Jimenez’s return to the lineup has proven to be an X-Factor early on.

Following the finale of this trip to Minnesota, the White Sox will return to Guaranteed Rate Field Thursday for a three important home games against the surging New York Yankees

Outside of that 11-1 thumping on Monday at the hands of the White Sox, it’s been a rather productive week-and-a-half for the disappointing Twins. After a two-game split against the Cincinnati Reds, the Twins pulled off a shocker with winning three of four against the Houston Astros over the weekend.

That was capped off by Jorge Polanco’s two home runs on Sunday in a 7-5 victory, giving him 20 on the year to go along with a .270 batting average.

The Twins are in the midst of a nine-game homestand against Chicago, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Cleveland Indians. Bailey Ober is expected to start for Minnesota.

Trends


MLB action is starting to rev up, and as we get closer to playoff time, it’s important to see the teams that take care of business. The White Sox are one of them. Chicago is 34-12 as a favorite when the line is between -125 and -175. Given that the current line is already -155, be on the lookout following Tuesday’s game if that grows exponentially. It might regardless of the result, given that Lynn is on the mound. It seems like an easy deposit and free bet regardless. These are free picks, after all.

The over is 27-9 when the Twins are an underdog of +100 to +150. Given how Monday went, it’s all on the opposing team. The White Sox put up 11 and it was a cease-fire after that. The Twins odds of staying competitive against a scorching White Sox team doesn’t seem good.

White Sox - Twins Prediction


The White Sox ERA, which has already been good as is, may look even better following this game. Lynn has been a godsend of an ace for them, and against a team that’s fighting for pride, it should be an easy win. White Sox win, over cashes.

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