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White Sox look on bright side in series vs. Twins
Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
- The Twins have won nine of 16 games against the White Sox this season, but the teams have split six games in Chicago. The White Sox have outscored the Twins 79 to 72 thanks to three games scoring in double digits and a .328 average with runners in scoring position.
- The Twins were 67-61 through August 30, but are 10-21 since. In those 31 games they have not scored in double-digits, and they have scored 10 or more just once (August 30) in their last 84 games.
- Luis Arraez is leading Aaron Judge in the American League batting race (.315 to .311). Joe Mauer is the last Twins player to win the league's batting title and he did it three times (2006, 2008, 2009). Arraez is hitting .371 (26-for-70) against the White Sox this season.
- Chicago needs to win two of three in this series to finish .500 for the season. That would give them three straight seasons with a non-losing record for the first time since doing it in seven straight seasons from 2000 to 2006.
- Jose Abreu is hitting .357 (5-for-14) over his last four games. He has a season average of .304 and has hit .300 or better in three previous seasons (2014, 2017 and 2020). His 15 home runs this season is a career-low (19 home runs in shortened season of 2020).
- Johnny Cueto is 7-10 this season after winning seven games last season. He has not had over seven wins in a season since 2017. He had at least eight wins in nine of 10 seasons to start his career (2008 to 2017) including a 20-win season in 2014.
- Harper has surgery, to miss start of '23
- Astros' postseason share a record $516K
- Red Sox give LHP Rodriguez 1-year deal
- Rangers hire Maddux as pitching coach
- Red Sox acquire INF/OF Park from Pirates
A win Tuesday against the visiting Minnesota Twins would assure the Chicago White Sox of at least a .500 record and their third straight non-losing season.
Not exactly the stuff of banners for an organization that made the playoffs in 2020 and 2021, but it could be worse.
"At this point, just change the goal," White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito said. "Playing as hard as we can in the final stretch, pushing through and going into the offseason. Make the adjustments we have to make. We don't want to finish below .500. We just keep grinding and try to end on a high note."
Chicago edged Minnesota 3-2 in the series opener on Monday as Johnny Cueto pitched seven innings of two-run ball.
The win assured the 2021 American League Central champion White Sox (80-80) of a second-place finish in the division.
Giolito (10-9, 5.00 ERA) looks to cap a strong final month of the regular season as he gets the call against the Twins for the second successive start. Giolito took a no-decision at Minnesota on Thursday after allowing two runs on four hits in five innings.
He is 1-2 with a 3.99 ERA in his past seven starts. Giolito is 7-8 with a 4.26 ERA in 19 career starts vs. Minnesota, including an 0-1 record with a 3.21 ERA three starts this year.
The Twins (77-83) have lost three straight and four of five. On the plus side, Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 on Monday, collecting his third multi-hit game in the past four contests.
Twins first baseman Luis Arraez, who leads the American League with a .315 batting average, was held out of action on Monday as he contends with left hamstring pain.
Arraez's nearest pursuer, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, has a .311 average as he vies for the first Triple Crown in the majors since the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera topped the AL in batting average, homers and RBIs in 2012. Judge holds comfortable leads in home runs and RBIs.
Arraez is aiming to become the first Minnesota player to win an AL batting title since Joe Mauer in 2009 -- the third time Mauer accomplished the feat in four seasons. Arraez is batting .371 (26-for-70) against Chicago this season. He was 5-for-13 in the teams' three-game series in Minnesota last week with one extra-base hit and one RBI.
"This is baseball history. This is a batting-title race," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. "These things are important to all of us. Very important to Luis as well and every other player involved. I know that.
"But if our guy, who is a gamer and who takes the field every day for us, can't swing without hopping on one leg and can't run to first base or score on a base hit, then I think it's hard to put him out there. So again, we'll continue to evaluate him and hopefully he improves."
Said Arraez: "I want to win the batting title fighting."
Rookie righty Josh Winder (4-5, 4.31 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Twins. Winder is 1-0 with a 3.95 ERA in three appearances against Chicago this season, including two starts. He took a no-decision against the White Sox on Wednesday, allowing three runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
--Field Level Media
Updated October 4, 2022