Gamethread: Twins at White Sox

Looking for consistency: Starter Ross Detwiler got a quality start in his last appearance. He looks to shut down the mighty Twins tonight. (Clinton Cole/South Side Hit Pen)

The White Sox opened their three-game series against the division-leading Twins with a 3-1 loss last night. They will get a chance to even the series tonight at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Ross Detwiler will start on the mound for the White Sox. In 47 1/3 innings in the majors this season, the 33-year-old left-hander has been worth -0.4 fWAR. Detwiler has a 5.51 ERA, 6.74 FIP, and a 4.72 xFIP. That massive discrepancy between his FIP and xFIP can be explained by his sky-high home run per fly ball rate (30.0%). Though Detwiler’s overall stats have not been up to par, he was outstanding in his most recent outing, when he allowed only one run in six innings in a 6-1 victory over the Rangers. In that game, Detwiler struck out eight while not issuing any walks.

Jake Odorizzi, 29, who is having a great year for the Twins, will face Detwiler. Odorizzi has a 3.57 ERA, 3.78 FIP, 4.70 xFIP, and 3.0 fWAR. This is already the most fWAR he has accumulated in a season, passing his mark of 2.9 in 2015 for his career-best. Last week, the White Sox solved Odorizzi, as he allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings in a 4-0 White Sox winner. However, Odorizzi had a great performance against the White Sox back on May 26. In that game, Odorizzi allowed no runs and only one hit while striking out nine in five and one-third innings.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

The first pitch will be at 7:10 CST. WGN will televise it for those close enough to Chicago, and MLB Network will televise it for the out-of-market folks. As usual, WGN 720 will have the radio coverage. Let’s get back in the win column.

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Joe graduated in 2018 with a degree in economic consulting from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, also minoring in Japanese and studying abroad in Nagoya for a semester. He grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Indianapolis after graduation. The White Sox are his favorite team in all of sports, and he considers it a blessing to have the opportunity to write about them on this great platform. He squeaked by with the 2018 #SoxMath championship despite intense competition from colleague Ashley Sanders. That experience helped put him on the map, as he started contributing to South Side Sox shortly afterward. Joe looks forward to delivering all sorts of content about our team.

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Brett Ballantini
10 months ago

Reading about the “mighty Twins” makes me queasy.

Lenny G
10 months ago

He’s on the team for next year!

Not really, I just love using that Farmio bit.

Lenny G
10 months ago
Reply to  Lenny G

Aaaaaaaand it’s gone.

Lenny G
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe Resis

Mr. Schoop sure made sure of that didn’t he? My goodness….

Mark Liptak
Mark Liptak
10 months ago

Another game where the Sox offense doesn’t show up, another game where Anderson makes another error (24), another game that shows Detwiler better not be on the team next year.