Chicago and Minnesota play two on Tuesday with the first tilt of the doubleheader scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET. The nightcap of the twin-bill is slated for a 7:35 p.m. ET start. Day-Night AL Doubleheader Free Pick: White Sox at Twins.
Lopez was hit hard in his last start. The young righty allowed seven runs on eight hits lasting just 2 2/3 innings on Wednesday in a loss to first place Cleveland. He walked one and struck out two but was replaced after throwing 73 pitches. Lopez is the ace of the young White Sox squad. He had surrendered just two runs over 15 innings of work in his prior two turns. Despite the poor showing versus the Indians he enters today’s afternoon event with a 3.80 ERA for the year.
Lopez has faced Minnesota in early May and gave up five runs (four earned) in 6 2/3 frames.
Like Lopez fared in his last start Romero was squared up and sent to the showers early versus the Kansas City Royals last Wednesday. Romero is the Twins top pitching prospect and had been true to that form before getting handed a loss versus the Royals last time out. The right-hander surrendered eight earned runs in just an inning and two-thirds of work.
On the season Romero has six starts and owns a 2-2 mark. In his 30-plus innings of work he has allowed 28 hits, 14 earned runs and has 30 strikeouts against 14 walks. His 4.15 ERA and 1.38 Whip are due to regress in a positive fashion and today’s matchup against the free swinging Pale Sox is a favorable matchup.
The Twins have moved to within three-and-one-half games of first place Cleveland and as a team are hitting the ball with authority in their three-game winning streak
Giolito handed the Indians five runs over six innings of work a week ago today. The young Sox righty is on a short leach when it comes to pitch counts. His previous start against Cleveland saw him make it through six innings for the first time this season. It was also the lone turn in which he didn’t walk an opposing batter. While Giolito is one of the top prospects in the Chicago organization his fly ball tendencies and his command issues make him a high risk option when considering backing the youngster. The Pale Sox starter owns a 7.53 ERA but skipper Rick Renteria will continue to build this team around Giolito.
Littell has been called up to make his major league debut for the Twinkies. The righty has been at both Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester recently, working both as a starter and out of the pen. Littell’s career numbers on the farm have been hit and miss. However his overall numbers at all levels in the minor league system are 41-28 with a 3.28 ERA.
The White Sox are not stacked in their farm system with arms that are ready to pitch at this level. Note that Littell started 2018 at Double-A with an 0-3 record before being moved to Triple-A in which he registered a 1-1 mark with a 2.57 ERA in four starts.
While Littell is pitching in his mother-ship debut and has been inconstant this year in the team’s minor league system he has the advantage the first two times through the White Sox lineup while the hot-hitting Twins will make Giolito pitch to the strike zone and score enough to get their second team win of the day.
The Twins have two positive mound matchups tonight and a sweep of this Tuesday double-dip is a strong possibility and a favorable investment.
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Day-Night AL Doubleheader Free Pick: White Sox at Twins