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MONDAY NIGHT MLB RUNLINE RIPPER

MONDAY NIGHT MLB RUNLINE RIPPER

Chicago vs. Minnesota, 08/19/2019 20:10 EDT, Score: 6 - 4

Point Spread: -1½/-108 Minnesota

Sportsbook: PinnacleSports

Result: Loss

The Twins will return home to Twin City from a productive 5-1 road trip with stops at Milwaukee and Texas. They're still desperate for wins with Cleveland breathing down their neck in the AL Central standings, and I don't think they'll have any trouble to take care of business as a sizeable home favorite Monday night.

Right-hander Ivan Nova (8-9, 4.51 ERA) will toe the slab for the visitors. Nova has posted an 0.49 ERA over his last five starts and tossed a complete game in a 4-1 victory over Houston last time out. However, if anything that makes it even more likely that a bad start is just around the corner for the 32-year-old who's earned run average for the season still is on the high side.

Facing the Twins at Target Field is never easy, and Nova will not only have to silence their bats but also outduel Kyle Gibson (11-5, 4.28 ERA) who is 2-0 behind a commanding 1.38 ERA in two starts against the White Sox on the season.

8* play on Minnesota Twins.


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