The Chicago White Sox (26-35) and New York Yankees (36-25) will square off in the first of a three-game series on Tuesday. New York will host this one at Yankee Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm ET.
The Yankees are the favorites in this one playing at home. They are -178 to win, while Chicago’s moneyline sits at +150. The runline features the White Sox +1.5 (-137), and the over/under for total runs is 8.5.
White Sox Look To Turn Around Miserable Road Record
At 26-35, the Chicago White Sox sit in fourth in the AL Central, 5.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins. While they are 16-15 at home, they are a miserable 10-20 on the road this year. They will look to turn around their road struggles as they take on the Yankees starting on Tuesday.
Taking the ball for manager Pedro Grifol’s squad in this one is righty Lucas Giolito. In 12 games this year, the 28-year-old is 4-4 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and he has 69 strikeouts in 68.1 innings. In his last three starts, he has gone 2-1 and given up eight earned runs over 14.2 innings.
Offensively, the White Sox rank 21st in the majors, averaging 4.30 runs per game. Leading Chicago’s offense is Luis Robert Jr, who is hitting .256/.309/.507 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 39 runs scored.
Over the last couple weeks, Romy Gonzalez has been their hottest stick. In the last 13 games, he leads the team with three home runs and eight runs batted in.
Yankees Trying To Keep Pace In AL East
The AL East is by far the most competitive division in baseball. The last place team in the division is exactly .500 and despite being 36-25, the Yankees sit third, 6.5 games back of the Rays. Trying to keep pace in the AL East, the Yankees know every win is crucial and will look for the win at home, where they are 19-13 this year.
Clarke Schmidt, the 27-year-old righty, will take the bump for the Yankees in this one. In 12 games, he is 2-5 with a 5.01 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, and he has 65 strikeouts in 55.2 innings. He was excellent in his last start, throwing 5.2 scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Mariners.
New York currently comes in ninth in scoring, averaging 4.70 runs per game thiss season. Perennial All-Star Aaron Judge leads the offense with 19 home runs, 40 runs batted in, and 42 runs scored. Unfortunately, he might be questionable for this one as he suffered a toe injury making a remarkable catch during their game on Saturday.
Aside from Judge, keep an eye on Josh Donaldson and Giancarlo Stanton, both of whom have homered off of Giolito in their careers.
Take The Yankees To Win At Home
The White Sox come into this one having gone 4-1 in their last five games, but they are just 4-11 in their last 15 against the Yankees. In their last 11 games against AL East teams, they are just 1-11.
For New York, they are 6-2 in their last eight games and undefeated in their last five games played on a Tuesday. In 10 of their last 13 home games, the OVER has hit.
While Clarke Schmidt isn’t an ace, he has been solid as of late. In his last 15.2 innings, he has given up just three earned runs and has struck out 17. With a shaky White Sox lineup coming to town, don’t be surprised if Schmidt has a good outing.
If Judge can’t go, that obviously hurts their offensive firepower, but they should still have enough to pick up the home win. Take New York to win straight up at -178.