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New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 9/2/13

Chicago White Sox (56-79) at New York Yankees (72-64)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Jose Quintana (L) (7-4) (3.662) vs. Philip Hughes (R) (4-13) (4.909)

The Line: New York Yankees -166 / Chicago White Sox +156 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago, YES

The Chicago White Sox travel to the Big Apple where the New York Yankees are waiting.

The White Sox have been hot, but we knew it couldn't last forever, so losing three straight to the Red Sox wasn't a great surprise. The question is, what does Chicago do going forward with around 30 games left in the season? Chicago was swept at Fenway following a 7-6 defeat in which the work on the mound didn't support a big offensive day, with starter Andre Rienzo taking the loss with five runs given up in three innings before Charlie Leesman allowed two more in 4.1 frames. The bats still made a game of it, with eleven hits and three BB and Conor Gillaspie knocking in two. Lefty Jose Quintana gets the starting nod in game one versus the Bronx Bombers Monday. Quintana looks for that elusive win after three straight quality efforts, in which he gave up eight runs in 21.1 innings.

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New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 9/2/13

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If the Yankees expect to make the postseason, they simply cannot blow a a 3-0 lead and under no circumstances can opponents score seven runs in one inning. Both happenened in a 7-3 defeat to visiting Baltimore on Sunday, which to me signals this team is not playoff caliber. Andy Pettitte gave up just two runs over seven frames before the next three relievers were tagged for five more runs to surrender what appeared to be a much needed win. The bats totaled seven hits and walked six times, with three different players scoring and driving in runs. The up and down Phil Hughes toes the rubber versus the visiting White Sox on Monday. Hughes was down last time out in a 5-2 defeat at Toronto, in which he allowed all five runs (three earned) over 4.2 innings.

As most people know, Phil Hughes is not my favorite pitcher because he can be good or bad by the inning. I prefer Quintana, but who knows what we'll see from Hughes so you might want to look else where.

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