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Gamethread: White Sox at Twins

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The Sox begin a four-game series in Minnesota tonight. Have you seen the forecast, though?

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
Turn It Around: Finding his control will make Lucas Giolito smile tonight.
Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 7:10 p.m. CST

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Radio: WGN 720

The White Sox are hoping to build off some momentum gained from yesterday’s 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Now, off to Minnesota!

  • Lucas Giolito gets the start for the Sox tonight. He’s struggled with his command in his two starts this year, posting a 6.17 ERA with seven walks. His 3.86 K/9 is also lower than last year’s 6.75 (I know, small sample size). Giolito is a strikeout pitcher, so that number should rise as the temperature warms up and the season progresses — let’s hope that starts tonight.
  • Jose Berrios gets the start for the Twins. This dude is the real deal. Let’s talk K/9 and BB/9 again because he’s posted some impressive numbers. Berrios has yet to post a K/9 under 7.50 in his three years with the Twins, and he’s off to an 8.56 K/9 this year. When he was first called up to the big leagues, Berrios had a 5.40 BB/9, so his control wasn’t all there, but since then, he’s certainly figured it out. He had a 2.97 BB/9 last year and has started this year with a a paltry 0.66. He’ll strike you out, and he won’t walk you — not the greatest feeling to have as a hitter.
  • The White Sox lead the major leagues with 14 home runs on the road.
  • This is the first night game the Sox have played since April 4.

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Oh, and it’s supposed to snow six inches in Minneapolis this weekend...