New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/23/14
Chicago White Sox (59-69) at New York Yankees (65-61)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Scott Carroll (R) (4-7) (6.141) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (R) (8-8) (3.973)
The Line: New York Yankees -183 / Chicago White Sox +173 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, YES
The New York Yankees look to inch closer to a spot in the postseason with another win over the Chicago White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox have reason for optimism heading into next season but it’s mostly on the offensive end as the pitching staff needs an overhaul. Last night in the Bronx, the White Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning on Jose Abreu’s 33rd home run of the season, but John Danks couldn’t hold the lead and Daniel Webb was tagged with the loss as the White Sox failed to score the rest of the way in a 4-3 loss. The White Sox are just 28-37 away from home and will need to become stronger on the road as they build towards next season.
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The White Sox will hand the ball to Scott Carroll to start Saturday’s matinee. Caroll has struggled in each of his last three starts allowing a combined 16 earned runs on 22 hits over 17.2 innings for an ERA of 8.37. For the season things haven’t been great overall for the 29 year old righty Caroll as he enters this matchup with a WHIP of 1.52 and ERA of 4.99 while posting a 5-7 record. Carroll has only faced the Yankess in two innings of relief this year, allowing just one hit on a solo shot to Brian Roberts.
The New York Yankees have been scrambling to get it together this season as injuries have hit their high-priced roster pretty hard, but in last night’s win the Yankees climbed to .500 at home as Martin Prado had three RBI’s with a two run homer and walk off single in the bottom of the 9th and Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits including an RBI double. The Yankees are now just 3.5 games back in the Wild Card race with little to no chance of catching the Orioles in the AL East race.
On Saturday afternoon the Yankees will send veteran Hiroki Kuroda to the mound for his 26th start of the season. The 39 year old righty Kuroda has been durable and predictable, pitching six or more innings in seven of his last ten starts and allowing three runs or less in eight of his last ten starts. For the season Kuroda has a WHIP of 1.20 and ERA of 3.97 to accompany his record of 8-8. Kuroda faced the White Sox on May 23rd allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits over 4.2 innings of work.
These teams combined for seven runs in Friday’s matchup but I like the offense to pick up steam here as the over is one of the stronger plays on Saturday’s card.