The Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees close out their current three game series at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
Although they have one of the worst record in the Majors and are out of playoff contention, the Chicago White Sox have been playing well as of late, winning 10 out of their last 13 games going to Tuesday’s game against the Yankees. The Yankees still trail their rival Boston Red Sox in their divisional standings but they have a sizeable lead in the Wild Card race and are likely headed to the postseason.
Four In A Row For White Sox
Reynaldo Lopez gets the call to start for the Chicago White Sox in this series closer. The 24 year old from San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic has started a total of 26 games this season. The right hander has a season record of 4-9 with an ERA of 4.66 and a WHIP of 1.38. Lopez ranks 5th in the American League in walks with a total of 64.
Lopez pitched well in his only appearance against the Yankees earlier this month. He gave up only one earned run in seven innings but the White Sox lost to the Yankees 1-4. Chicago has won four in a row heading to Tuesday’s games despite having Jose Abreu on the disabled list. Abreu leads the team in home runs, RBIs and batting average. He is also expected to be out for Wednesday’s series closing game.
Chicago White Sox vs New York Yankees 8/29/18
Odds: White Sox +229, Yankees -250
Odds from Betonline.ag as of 8/28/18
CC Back From DL
CC Sabathia will open on top of the mound for the New York Yankees. The 38 year old veteran has a record of 7-4 in a total of 23 starts this season. The 17 year left hander has an ERA of 3.30 and a WHIP of 1.28 this season.
Sabathia did not factor in the decision in his last start as the Yankees won 7-5 against Baltimore last Friday. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while fanning eight in a total of six innings pitched. He gave up two runs in the first inning before settling down and pitching five straight scoreless innings in his first game back since being placed on the disabled list last August 13 due to an inflammation in his right knee.
The Yankees are 23-6 in CC’s last 29 starts at Yankee Stadium and are 5-1 in his last six starts overall. Giancarlo Stanton leads the Yankees in home runs and RBIs this season although he’s struggled in the last five games with just one hit with no RBI.
Entering Tuesday’s game, the White Sox are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games on the road but are 2-4 SU in their last six games overall when playing the New York Yankees and just 4-15 SU in their last 19 road games against the Yankees.
As far as Reynaldo Lopez is concerned, the trends aren’t also going his way. The White Sox are winless in his last four starts against teams with a winning record and are 1-5 in Lopez’s last six starts on the road. As far as playing on a Wednesday is concerned, the White Sox have lost four out of his last five starts. On the other hand, the Yankees are 8-2 in their last 10 games overall and are 45-21 at home this season. New York has won 13 of their last 16 games against a right handed starter and 4-1 in their last five closing games of a three game series.
This game means more for the Yankees than for the White Sox. New York is still trying to catch the Red Sox in the team standings while the White Sox are trying to squeeze their youngsters like Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech into their lineup to give them valuable Major League mileage. Of course, it’s always dangerous to play against a team with nothing to lose but given how Lopez hasn’t been doing well lately, especially on the road, the Yankees should have the edge here. We’re picking the New York Yankees to beat the Chicago White Sox on 8/29/18.