CC Sabathia (5-9, 4.80 ERA) and Carlos Rodon (8-6, 3.78 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the New York Yankees (84-68) and the Chicago White Sox (72-81) at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 3-2 and New York leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 25 and can be seen on CSCh and YES.
Sabathia pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking three in an 11-2 win over the Mets. Rodon went 7.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking one in a 4-3 win over the Indians in his last outing. Adam Eaton (.283, 93 Rs, 13 HRs, 50 RBIs, 15 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run.
New York is a -160 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Yankees have recorded an overall money line of +314 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 53-34. New York is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 6-4 SU record in its last ten outings. The Yankees are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 206. New York's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.9 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.2.
In games where it is the underdog, Chicago has a 38-47 record and an overall money line of -1,213.
The Yankees lead the season series, 3-1. The Yankees have a 25-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Rodon takes the mound. Sabathia (LHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have an 18-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The White Sox lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Yankees are 22-23. The White Sox are 27-29 in close games this season.
The Yankees are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The White Sox have a record of 16-25 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 12-62. The Yankees have a 20-53 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 131 this season. New York ranks in the top five at third with 206.
New York and Chicago both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. New York sits at eighth with 8.65 hits per game and Chicago ranks ninth with 8.60.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.693). New York ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .747.
The White Sox are 36-63 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Yankees are 42-53 when they allow at least one homer.