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White Sox Host Twins to Kick Off 3-Game Series

The Minnesota Twins (51-39, second in the AL Central) are set to face the Chicago White Sox (26-66, fifth in the AL Central) as they kick off a three-game series in Chicago. The first pitch is scheduled for Monday at 8:10 p.m. EDT.

Pitching Matchup

The Twins have yet to announce their starting pitcher for the series opener. Meanwhile, the White Sox will send Chris Flexen (2-7, 5.08 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 63 strikeouts) to the mound.

Betting Odds

According to BetMGM Sportsbook, the Twins are favored with a line of -189, while the White Sox are underdogs at +158. The over/under for the game is set at 9 runs.

Team Overview

The White Sox have struggled this season, particularly at home, holding a 16-29 record at Guaranteed Rate Field and an overall record of 26-66. A significant challenge for Chicago has been their inability to contain the long ball, as they are 14-53 in games where they have allowed at least one home run.

On the other hand, the Twins have fared better, with a solid overall record of 51-39 and a respectable 24-21 mark on the road. They have been particularly effective when displaying power, boasting a 19-9 record in games where they hit two or more home runs.

Season Series

This game marks the eighth meeting between the Twins and White Sox this season, with Minnesota dominating the series thus far with a 7-0 record.

Key Players

For the White Sox, Paul DeJong has been a standout, leading the team with 16 home runs and a .445 slugging percentage. Luis Robert has also been hot, going 13-for-41 with three home runs and eight RBIs over the past 10 games.

The Twins’ offense is powered by Ryan Jeffers, who leads the team with 14 home runs and a .481 slugging percentage. Jose Miranda has also been impressive, going 19-for-34 with four doubles, a home run, and 10 RBIs in the last 10 games.

Recent Performance

The White Sox are 5-5 over their last 10 games, hitting .253 as a team with a 3.35 ERA, and have outscored their opponents by eight runs. The Twins are 7-3 in their last 10 games, boasting a .314 batting average and a 4.09 ERA, outscoring their opponents by 22 runs.

Injuries

The White Sox have several players on the injured list, including Max Stassi (60-day IL, hip), Dominic Leone (60-day IL, right elbow), Dominic Fletcher (10-day IL, shoulder), Mike Clevinger (15-day IL, elbow), Yoan Moncada (60-day IL, abductor), Jimmy Lambert (60-day IL, shoulder), Matt Foster (60-day IL, elbow), and Jesse Scholtens (60-day IL, elbow).

The Twins are also dealing with injuries, with Carlos Correa listed as day-to-day (hand), Austin Martin (10-day IL, oblique), Royce Lewis (10-day IL, abductor), Brock Stewart (60-day IL, shoulder), Chris Paddack (15-day IL, arm), Alex Kirilloff (10-day IL, back), Justin Topa (60-day IL, knee), Daniel Duarte (60-day IL, tricep), Zack Weiss (60-day IL, shoulder), and Anthony DeSclafani (60-day IL, elbow).

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