The Chicago White Sox (56-47) and Minnesota Twins (44-59) will close out an American League Central series on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 ET

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins  

The Chicago White Sox have fared well against the Minnesota Twins in 2012

Chicago has won eight of 11 games against Minnesota this year, including a 4-3 road victory on Tuesday night, pushing the team’s lead to 2.5 games over the Detroit Tigers in the division standings.  The White Sox haven’t normally enjoyed this type of success against the Twins, going 1-8-2 in the last 11 season matchups.  Chicago is 1-3 as a road favorite of -125 to -150, with the “over” going 3-1 in that situation.

White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (8-7, 3.15 ERA) snapped a two-game losing streak in earning an 8-2 win over the Twins last time out, allowing two runs (one earned) and six hits over six innings.  The right-hander is 3-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 10 road outings, surrendering seven home runs in 71 combined frames.  In eight career appearances versus the Twins, Peavy has compiled an even 3-3 record and 3.54 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 1.33 ERA in three outings at this ballpark.

Minnesota compiled a 12-14 record last month, marking the first time the club has had a losing July since 2007.  The Twins came into last night’s contest as one of the hotter hitting teams in baseball, batting .336 with eight home runs and 71 runs scored in their last 10 home games.  Offensively, the team may struggle at the plate against one of the game’s best right-handed starters, especially with outfielder Josh Willingham being hitless in 12 career at-bats against Peavy.  Minnesota is 15-19 in day games this year, with the “under” going 18-14 in that situation.

Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond (9-4, 2.88 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last five outings, coming off an 11-0 home win over the Cleveland Indians, allowing three hits over nine innings.  The left-hander has been remarkable during the day, posting a perfect 5-0 record and 1.82 ERA, issuing five walks and striking out 30 batters in 49.1 innings.  In three career games versus the White Sox, Diamond has tallied a 1-2 record and 3.71 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the UNDER is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings at this ballpark.

Pick:  Under 8.5

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