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Game 161: White Sox at Twins

Ten years ago, this would have been a series for the ages.

Minnesota Twins v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

First Pitch: 6:10 pm CDT

TV: FSNO, MLB.TV (Free Game for Out-of-Market Viewers)

Radio: WCCO 830, TIBN

Soak it up, folks! This is the last game of the season that isn’t the last game of the season.

Having successfully avoided another 90-loss season (two years in a row!) but nowhere close to the playoff hunt, it’s up to you to find a reason to get into the final two Twins games. If you’re stuck, consider Willians Astudillo.

Chicago Cubs v Chicago White Sox Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

Chicago’s Starter: Carlos Rodon

(6-7, 3.61 ERA, 4.90 FIP, 119.2 IP, 6.6 K/9, 3.8 BB/9, 0.7 fWAR)

Rodon’s season didn’t begin until June 9th due to his recovery from shoulder surgery, but he’s bounced back well and dominated over the summer, posting a 1.84 ERA across nine starts from July 5th to August 27th. It’s been a rough final month; his last start lasted less than three innings, involved six earned runs, and earned him a 6.84 ERA for September. He was facing the Cubs, who are on an all-time streak of quality baseball seasons, but let’s hope the Twins can put together a similar offensive performance.

New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Minnesota’s Starter: Kyle Gibson

(9-13, 3.68 ERA, 4.18 FIP, 190.2 IP, 8.1 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, 2.6 fWAR)

It’s been the best season of Gibson’s career, and it’s a shame that his performances have been wasted by a subpar team. Still, Kyle can set a personal best for innings pitched today, and has already exceeded career marks in strikeouts (172), ERA+ (118), and ERA. This will be the second time, and first since 2015, that Gibson has made 32 starts in a season.

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