Minnesota faces Chicago, looks to build on Gibson’s strong showing
Minneapolis; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
LINE: White Sox favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 1/2 runs
The Twins are 10-3 against AL Central teams. Minnesota has slugged .520, good for first in the majors. Jorge Polanco leads the club with a .603 slugging percentage, including 28 extra-base hits and nine home runs.
The White Sox have gone 10-11 against division opponents. The Chicago pitching staff has a team ERA of 5.14, Ivan Nova paces the staff with a mark of 6.96. The Twins won the last meeting 8-1. Kyle Gibson earned his fifth victory and Ehire Adrianza went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for Minnesota. Manny Banuelos registered his fourth loss for Chicago.
TOP PERFORMERS: Polanco leads the Twins with 28 extra base hits and is batting .340. C.J. Cron is 16-for-38 with four doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 9-1, .324 batting average, 3.84 ERA, outscored opponents by 53 runs
White Sox: 3-7, .219 batting average, 5.44 ERA, outscored by 30 runs
White Sox Injuries: Carlos Rodon: 10-day IL (elbow), Michael Kopech: 60-day IL (elbow), Nate Jones: 60-day IL (elbow), Jon Jay: 60-day IL (hip), Tim Anderson: day-to-day (wrist), Welington Castillo: 7-day IL (head).