Bats Cool Down in White Sox-Twins Series on June 21

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Willie Bee

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:30 PM GMT

Minnesota has not enjoyed the home life so far this season, but the Twins are still big favorites on the MLB odds Wednesday night against the White Sox at Target Field.


MLB Season Record: 34-42 (-8.49)

It doesn’t appear the Minnesota Twins have any intent on dropping out of the AL Central race, and they have a chance Wednesday night to win a series on what has otherwise been a dismal homestand when they face the Chicago White Sox. In fact, they have a real good chance according to a money line in the mid-to-upper -180s with 9½ for the total in the 8:10 PM (ET) tilt that features David Holmberg and Jose Berrios on the bump.

The series started with the clubs an even 35-35 at Target Field after the ChiSox took 2 of 3 here in mid-April, and the Twins broke that tie on their own field with a 9-7 decision Tuesday in a game featuring 11 extra-base hits, five of them leaving the yard. Bookmaker closed Minnesota on a -177 chalk line, and the final easily finished ‘over’ after all three of the first series here – and seven of the first eight matchups overall – finished ‘under’ the totals.

 

Berrios Yet To Serve Up A Homer At Home

After beginning the season in the minors before getting called up to the parent club to pitch from the bullpen, Holmberg (1-0, 2.63 ERA) was pushed into the rotation in late May when Dylan Covey went down with a strained oblique. The lefty out of Houston has been held down to around 75 pitches a game and, as a result, has only finished five full frames once in four assignments. Holmberg tossed two scoreless innings of relief against the Twins in Chicago back in May.

Berrios (6-1, 2.74) joined the Twins’ starting pitching mix in mid-May and has taken hold of the job with outstanding results. He has just one rough appearance in seven tries with Minnesota backers up nearly six units and those playing the ‘under’ on the MLB odds also cashing six times. The young Puerto Rican beat the Pale Hose in Chicago last year for his only career start against them, and sports a 2.20 ERA without a homer allowed in three Target Field efforts.

 

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Ed Hickox is up next to call balls and strikes for this crew, the 22-year vet bringing a 7-4-1 O/U/P record in the totals column and favoring home chalk 6-2. Six of his last seven plate assignments went past the scoreboard marks, the other pushing a 9-run total, and tonight is his first game behind the mask at Target Field since 2013 when both of his plate appearances that season cashed ‘over’ tickets.

There is a 25-40% of a passing thunderstorm tonight in Minneapolis, but nothing the umpire crew can’t dance around with most of the game played in the upper-70s and a 10-12 mph SE breeze (in from left). I’ll go contrarian to last night’s game and Hickox’s recent trend with a play on the ‘under’ for my free baseball pick.

Free MLB Pick: 'Under' 9½ (-105)Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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