New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/22/14
Chicago White Sox (59-68) at New York Yankees (64-61)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
John Danks (L) (9-8) (4.941) vs. Shane Greene (R) (3-1) (2.930)
The Line: New York Yankees -177 / Chicago White Sox +167 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, MY9
The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees begin a three-game series Friday night at Yankees Stadium.
The Chicago White Sox have lost five of their last seven games and are nine games below .500. While the White Sox pitching has been brutal, it’s their offense that has been held to three or less runs in 12 of their last 14 games. The White Sox have lost five straight when being held to three or less runs. Jose Abreu has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and Alexei Ramirez has nine hits in his last 10 games. The Chicago White Sox have an ERA of 4.43, which is 27th in the majors. John Danks gets the ball, and he’s 9-8 with a 4.94 ERA and has 100 strikeouts in 153 innings. Danks is 2-3 with a 5.67 ERA in seven career starts against the Yankees.
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The New York Yankees have split their last 10 games and are three games above .500. The Yankees are also a team struggling to produce runs, scoring three or less in eight of their last 10 games. The Yankees have lost seven of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Jacoby Ellsbury has seven hits in his last four games and Derek Jeter has a hit in seven of his last 10 games. The New York Yankees have an ERA of 3.90, which is 20th in baseball. Starting is Shane Greene, who is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 43.1 innings. This is Greene’s first career game against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 5-0 in their last 5 games following an off day and 2-5 in Danks' last 7 starts. The Yankees are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 5-2 in Greene's last 7 starts. The White Sox are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in New York.
Maybe I'm crazy, but I don't get why the Yankees have so much juice. Yes, NY has to keep winning to stay alive in the playoff race, but the White Sox have been great coming off a day off and Danks isn't THAT terrible. Give me the White Sox for the value.