New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox - 5/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (24-13) at New York Yankees (15-20)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
M Gonzalez (0-0) (4.91) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) (3.11)
The Line: New York Yankees -170 / Chicago White Sox +160 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, WPIX
Sunday afternoon in MLB action, we’ve got the series finale coming between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees from Yankee Stadium.
This will be the third game of this weekend set. In Friday’s opener, Chicago rolled to an easy 7-1 victory. On Saturday, runs were at a premium as the Yankees eked out a 2-1 victory. Both teams had five hits in that one.
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The White Sox will be rolling out right-hander Miguel Gonzalez for Sunday’s game. Gonzalez has two starts to his credit this year, logging a 4.91 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP in 11 innings pitched. On Monday when we last saw him, Gonzalez put up one earned in 5.2 innings against the Rangers.
The Chicago lineup is pretty deep and can score from just about anywhere. Adam Eaton leads the way on 43 hits with 18 runs, while Melky Cabrera is right there alongside with 41 hits and 19 runs. Todd Frazier has been the Sox’ breakout power man with 12 homers and 32 RBI--but just a .220 average. Frazier’s solo home run was the only Sox score on Saturday.
Over on the Yankees’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Over seven starts and a 1-0 record this season, Tanaka has served up a 3.11 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in 46.1 innings pitched. Tanaka’s last start was a little sketchy, however, with three home runs and six earned (no-decision).
The New York batting order has offered a few bright spots this season, but overall has been unimpressive. Starlin Castro is one of the consistent contributors, with 37 hits and 14 RBI. Castro went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Saturday. Carlos Beltran leads the team on seven home runs and 17 runs, but came up empty on Saturday. Jacoby Ellsbury has 26 hits to his credit with 10 runs.
The White Sox are 5-2 in their last seven game threes of a series, and 5-3 in their last eight overall.
As for the Yankees, they’re 1-4 in their last five Sunday games, and 0-7 in their last seven game threes of a series.
I’m going to take the Yankees here for the series win. I like the way Tanaka is pitching this year, and he should put the team in line for a win if the offense shows up.