Chris Sale (12-10, 3.47 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, gets the ball for the Chicago White Sox (72-80) as they meet Michael Pineda (11-8, 4.10 ERA) and the New York Yankees (83-68) in the first of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 24 and will air on CSCh, YES and MLBN.
In his most recent outing, Pineda pitched 5.1 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out four and walking one in a 5-0 victory over the Mets. Alex Rodriguez (.253, 80 Rs, 32 HRs, 83 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The White Sox were unsuccessful to the Indians 12-1 the last time Sale pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing one, striking out nine and walking three.
New York is a slight -115 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Yankees have a winning record of 52-34 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +314. They are 6-4 SU and perfect as the favorite (1-0) in their last 10 games. The Yankees rank third in the majors in home runs with 205.
On the other side, the White Sox have a record of 38-46 when they are the underdog and are -1,108 overall with the money line. Chicago's pitching staff has allowed an average of 5.7 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.4.
In their previous three games this season, the Yankees have a 2-1 record. The Yankees will take on a left-hander (Sale) in this game and have a 24-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Pineda will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 54-63 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
New York has won 47% (34-39) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 50% (32-32) of its games when taking a late lead.
The White Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are heading in with a 43-18 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 56-13. The Yankees have a 55-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Chicago has earned 596 this season. New York ranks second with 728 runs.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 378 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fifth with 505.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 72-41. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 45-41 record.