The Twins conclude their week in Chicago with a Sunday night game against the Cubs. The Twins have won two of the first six games against the White Sox and Cubs (leaders of the AL Central and NL Central respectively. However, last night's win clinched a playoff spot for the Twins. They appear to be on a collision course with the Yankees, who finally lost today, giving the Twins a chance to be the home team for the first round of the playoffs.
Starting pitchers are Yu Darvish for the Cubs and Jose Berríos for the Twins. Darvish has had a fantastic season with a 7-2 record and less than 2 ERA. Darvish's WHIP is under 1.00. Berríos has found his form after struggling through the first half of this shortened season.
Both teams have had unexpected struggles on offense. The Cubs and the Twins have both scored about 4.5 runs per game. The Cubs have a team batting average of .227 with a team OPS of .716, the Twins are slightly better.
The season has reached 54 games, which would be a third of a full season. Multiplying the counting numbers by three would give projections for a full season. Some notable numbers: Cruz would have 48 homers, the Twins would hit in excess of 250 homers, but score somewhere around 720 runs, and have less than 200 doubles.
Berríos p (4-4) 4.15 ERA
Chicago Cubs (31-21)
Darvish p (7-2) 1.86 ERA