Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees MLB Odds Report
It appears to be a huge pitching mismatch on Friday night in the Bronx as the Chicago White Sox open a series at the New York Yankees. The Pale Hose start unbeaten Chris Sale, the leading AL Cy Young candidate thus far. The Yankees go with winless Luis Severino. So, yeah, Chicago will be favored on MLB lines.
A Brief Report on Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees MLB Odds Report & TV Info
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When: Friday, May 13, 7:05 PM ET
Where: Yankee Stadium, New York
Probable pitchers (away/home): Chris Sale/Luis Severino
TV: MLB Network
Radio: Chicago / New York
Opening MLB Lines: White Sox favored by TBA
White Sox at Yankees Historic Betting Trends
Chicago (23-12) has lost more than two straight once all season and not more than three. It enters on a two-game skid after its bullpen blew leads on Tuesday and Wednesday at Texas. The Pale Hose lost 6-5 on Wednesday in that series finale. White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier got his 10th RBI in the three-game series with his homer leading off the fourth. But he left the game in the bottom of that inning when he cut his lower lip and needed five stitches after falling hard face-first into the first row of seats while going after a foul popup. Frazier, among the AL homer and RBI leaders with 11 and 31, respectively, should be OK for this series. Frazier was going after Prince Fielder’s popup when he reached out while getting close to the short brick wall separating the field from the first row of seats.
The Yankees are without starting pitcher CC Sabathia and DH Alex Rodriguez, both on the DL. Manager Joe Girardi indicated that it is realistic that Sabathia (groin) could be activated from the disabled list on May 20. Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has missed five games in a row with a hip injury but the team continues to believe he won’t go on the DL. Aroldis Chapman nailed down his first save as a Yankee on Tuesday, tossing a scoreless frame in a win over the Royals. Chapman, the hardest-thrower in MLB, came off a 30-game suspension on Monday.
As for Sale (7-0), he allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out nine over seven innings to earn the win Saturday against the Twins. Sale allowed a pair of first-inning runs before completely shutting down the Twins while the White Sox offense broke out late in the contest to ensure the victory. He’s now held opponents to one or fewer runs in each of his last five outings to lower his ERA to 1.79 while his WHIP stands at 0.77.
What’s behind Sale’s success? He is throwing more fastballs than ever, 61.8 percent of the time this season, compared to 53.4 percent in his career. And though he is throwing all those fastballs, they’re slower, around 92 mph, while his career average before this season was 93.5 mph. But Sale’s fastballs are also showing more break — 6.9 inches this season versus 6.3 in the rest of his career. Same for his slider, which is breaking 12.5 inches this year vs. 11 inches over his career. Sale also He is benefiting from more reliance on a better defense behind him, which has helped generate a .206 Batting Average on Balls In Play.
Severino (0-5, 6.12) struck out a season-high nine batters and walked one while allowing four runs over 6.2 innings in Sunday’s loss to the Red Sox. Severino’s strikeout pitches were working despite his throwing just 60 percent of his pitches for strikes, but he fell victim to a trio of homers. On the positive side, he went deeper into Sunday’s start than he had been in any other outing this season,
Expert Betting Prediction
Hard to see that lousy Yankees offense doing much against Sale. Take the Pale Hose.