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Gamethread: Twins at White Sox

With Eloy’s help, the White Sox seek a series split

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics
He’s baaack: Eloy Jiménez is back in the starting lineup. He will be the White Sox’s designated hitter.
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After last night’s 5-1 victory, the White Sox (46-56) will try to split this four-game series against the Twins (63-41). The Twins enter play today with a one-game lead over Cleveland (62-42), who has suddenly turned on the jets.

Dylan Covey will start for the White Sox. It has been a rough season for Covey, as he has a 6.04 ERA, 5.62 FIP, 5.58 xFIP, and only 0.1 fWAR. In his last start, Covey lasted six innings against the lowly Marlins, striking out seven and issuing zero walks. However, he allowed five runs, all earned.

Starting for the Twins will be 31-year-old righty Kyle Gibson, who is having a slightly above average season. He has a 4.24 ERA, 4.17 FIP, 3.78 xFIP, and 2.0 fWAR. Gibson has pitched once against the White Sox this season, and he played admirably. In that game, he lasted seven innings and only allowed one run on five hits. He struck out nine and only issued one walk. Let’s hope this outing does not go as well.

The rundown: While Statcast is not exactly bullish on either starter, Gibson comes out on top by a wide margin.
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Here are today’s starting lineups:

In great news for White Sox fans, Eloy Jiménez is back in the starting lineup. The middle of the order looks far more favorable when his name is there. Though he struggled through his first few weeks on both sides of the ball, he has made adjustments and already looks more like the player the Sox expected. In his past 44 games (since May 22), he is slashing .256/.326/.558 with 14 home runs.

The game will start at 1:10 CST, and NBC Sports Chicago will televise it. WGN 720 will have the radio coverage. Let’s go Eloy, and let’s go White Sox.