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White Sox look to end slide, get offense going vs. Twins
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
- The White Sox took three of four games in their last series in Minnesota, partly due to the Chicago offense hitting eight home runs. Prior to that, the last time the White Sox hit eight home runs in a series was in August 2021 against the Cubs.
- Lance Lynn is 6-2 in 10 starts since the beginning of August and his 2.18 ERA is the 6th lowest among all pitchers who have made at least 10 starts in that span. He has struggled against the Twins this season going 0-1 with a 9.90 ERA in his two starts.
- Eloy Jimenez has reached base in 17 straight games and during this period has a slash line of .358/.400/.701. His .701 slugging pct is the fifth highest over that span with a minimum of 50 plate appearances.
- The Twins are 2-9 in their last eleven games and their .611 team OPS is the second lowest in the AL since September 16th behind only the Chicago's mark of .586.
- In his two starts since returning on September 16th, Bailey Ober has a 2.70 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. In his previous seven starts, Ober had a 4.01 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP though the Twins were 5-2 in those games he pitched.
- Carlos Correa is having his best month since becoming a Twin, slashing .366/.422/.634 in September. He is currently on a seven-game hitting streak and has a hit in 19 of his last 21 games.
- 1B Abreu joins Astros on 3-year deal
- MLBPA extends Clark through 2027
- Candelario, Nats agree to 1-year deal
- Pirates sign veteran 1B/DH Santana
- ChiSox round out Grifol's coaching staff
Chicago interim manager Miguel Cairo tore into the White Sox's effort after they finished an 0-6 homestand with a lackluster 4-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
So how did the White Sox respond?
How about getting just two hits and striking out 14 times in a 4-0 loss to Bailey Ober and the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night in Minneapolis, their seventh straight defeat.
"We didn't swing," Cairo said. "I don't think it was the effort or anything. We didn't hit. It's hard to win when you have two hits and one walk and (14) strikeouts. How you going to score?"
Chicago (76-78) has scored a total of just 10 runs over its past six games.
The White Sox, who saw their second-place lead in the American League Central over the Twins shrink to one game, will turn to veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto (7-9, 3.15 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series on Wednesday. Minnesota will counter with right-hander Josh Winder (4-5, 4.20).
Cueto would seem to be perfect guy to have on the mound as Chicago attempts to halt its late-season nosedive. He is 4-0 with a sparkling 1.41 ERA in five career starts against Minnesota, including 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts in Minneapolis.
But, as Cairo is quick to point out, pitching hasn't been Chicago's problem during the losing streak.
"It's hard to win games when you don't score runs," Cairo said. "(Ober) pitched great. Lance (Lynn) pitched great, too. We didn't score. Simple as that."
Winder is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two career appearances, one start, against the White Sox. He is 0-2 in three starts this month, having allowed nine runs and 16 hits in 14 2/3 innings.
In the opener of the three-game series, Ober allowed two hits over 7 1/3 innings and Matt Wallner hit a two-run homer to lead Minnesota (75-79).
Ober, making his third start since missing more than three months with a groin injury, struck out the side in both the second and fifth innings and had a streak of five consecutive strikeouts at one point. He finished with a career-high 10 strikeouts while walking one.
"Everything he did stood out," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. "You could tell from very early on how he felt and how he was throwing the ball, which was at a super high level. His ability to kind of rip those sliders, that was pretty fantastic."
All 10 of Ober's strikeouts came on swings and misses.
"This was a fantastic night for him all the way around," Baldelli said.
Lynn took the loss after yielding four runs on 10 hits in five-plus innings. He admitted that a three-game sweep by Cleveland that started the losing streak and squashed Chicago's hopes of catching the Guardians has been hard for the White Sox to overcome.
"It's been tough when you kind of get knocked down like that, when you're trying to make a push there," Lynn said. "It's tough. But we have eight games left now and we still have to figure out how to play strong and finish as strong as we can, not only for ourselves but for the fans.
"We have Johnny going (Wednesday). Hopefully we can start a winning streak and end on a high note."
--Field Level Media
Updated September 28, 2022