Kevin Slowey makes his return to the Big League, and has shown great promise so far including a great outing vs. the White Sox last year. Meanwhile, John Danks has struggled vs. the Twins with an 8.35 ERA.
The Minnesota Twins close out a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox this afternoon.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner] Getting the starting nod for the Twins will be right-hander Kevin Slowey. He opened the season in the big club’s starting rotation, but a right biceps strain in his first start of the year sent him to the Disables List right away. After rehabbing the injury, he got three starts under his belt in the minors. His last start came for Triple-A Rochester on May 1 when he threw five innings of two-run ball with a K/BB ratio of 9/2. He’ll be taking the place of the recently injured Scott Baker.
Slowey started 11 games for the Twins last season and made MLB bettors some coin by compiling a 4-1 overall mark with a 4.73 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. He’s a big strikeout pitcher that fanned 49 while only walking 11. He faced the White Sox once last season and tossed a gem, throwing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out nine and not issuing a walk in the Twins 4-1 home victory.
Opposing him will be lefty John Danks, who’s been a strong component of Chicago’s staff to start the season. He enters this afternoon’s start 2-3 but with a solid 3.12 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He’s allowed 28 hits and 12 earned runs with a K/BB ratio of 25/8 in almost 35 innings of work. Danks allowed two runs or less in five of his six starts this season, but the one start he got rocked in just so happened to come against these Minnesota Twins. He got shelled a month ago at US Cellular to the tune of seven hits and seven earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings of work, and in his career, he’s 1-3 with a bloated 8.35 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in four starts against the Twins.
The Twins now stand 4-2 against the White Sox this season, and they’re 8-1 their last nine against the American League Central. They’re also 8-3 the last 11 times they faced a left-hander on the road, which includes Wednesday night’s thrashing of Mark Buehrle.
Making the Twins that much sweeter a betting proposition is the fact that Chicago is 1-6 in Danks’ last seven home starts, and the Sox lost each of his last four starts when installed the favorite.
Free Pick: Twins +135