The White Sox are on a roll, flashing their power at the plate en route to four consecutive victories. The starting lineup is near full strength, as Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert are back to launching extra-base hits and home runs. Now, the White Sox (67-46) have a chance to secure another series win over the division rival Twins (48-65) in the last series between the two teams.
For the fourth time against the Twins this season, the South Siders send veteran lefty Dallas Keuchel to the hill. Zachary Hayes had a great breakdown of Keuchel’s struggles this season, which has culminated in a 4.44 ERA (5.10 FIP) over 119 2/3 innings. He’s had varying results against Minnesota this season, owning a 5.60 ERA and 1.245 WHIP in 17 2/3 frames against the division foe. That said, he struck out six batters over seven three-run innings in his only start at Target Field this year.
Meanwhile, the Twins turn to another young starter in Griffin Jax, a 26-year-old right-hander who is making his fifth career start. In eight appearances (four starts), Jax has a 5.63 ERA (6.17 FIP) and has given up eight home runs in 32 innings. Given the White Sox’s current state at the plate, there could be a couple of more long balls tonight, too. However, he held the South Siders to an earned run as he fanned six batters in a four-inning start on July 19.
Here are the lineups:
The White Sox are off to their best 113-game start since 2006 (also 67-46) and are looking to move 22 games over .500 for the first time since 9/13/06 (84-62).— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 10, 2021
⏰: 7:10 p.m. CT
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Jax takes the mound for game 2 of the series against the White Sox. #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/6GAqb9pBeJ— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 10, 2021
Tonight’s game will start at 7:10 p.m. Central. As usual, NBC Sports Chicago will televise it, and WMVP 1000 AM will have the radio coverage.