Minnesota Twins starter Cole De Vries has been at his worst against the AL's worst offenses. In that sense, it's good that the Chicago White Sox are No. 7 in runs scored and No. 4 in home runs.
De Vries, 2-2 with a 3.95 ERA, will start Tuesday in Game 2 of the Twins' three-game set with the White Sox. De Vries has been solid this season -- except, for whatever reason, when he plays bad offenses.
The Oakland Athletics, who are No. 27 in the league in runs scored, knocked around De Vries for seven earned runs on July 14. And the Kansas City Royals, No. 21 in runs scored, scored four runs in five innings off De Vries back on June 4, a performance that earned the right-hander a trip to Triple-A.
De Vries hasn't had problems against some of the league's better teams. He pitched seven scoreless innings against the high-powered Rangers on July 8, and held the Baltimore Orioles, who are currently second in the AL East, to one run over six innings last week.
Things are heating up between the Twins and Royals at the bottom of the AL Central standings. The Royals have just a 0.5-game lead over Minnesota.
First pitch Tuesday is set for 7:10 Central.
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