Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/22/14
New York Yankees (23-21) at Chicago White Sox (23-24)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
David Phelps (R) (1-0) (2.935) vs. Chris Sale (L) (3-0) (2.30)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +109 / New York Yankees -115 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, WCIU
The New York Yankees visit U.S. Cellular Field to face the Chicago White Sox for the first time in 2014.
The Yankees are locked in a first place battle with Baltimore and assured themselves they would sit atop the American League East for another day after a 13 inning 4-2 win at Wrigley Field to go 4-2 in their last six. Starter Chase Whitley allowed a run in 4.1 innings with Adam Warren giving up another but five straight relievers put up zeros. Ichiro Suzuki drove in a 9th inning run with the tying run scoring on a throwing error before Brendan Ryan scored the winner on a wild pitch in the 13th followed by JR Murphy's run scoring single. The Yankees send David Phelps to the bump for his third start of the season. Phelps is coming off a 7-1 victory over Pittsburgh with five hits allowed over five shutout innings.
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The White Sox sit in third in the American League Central and are just trying to keep their heads above water while hoping to get hot and stay within striking distance of Detroit. They missed out on a chance to pick up a game in the standings with a 3-1 loss to Kansas City for their seventh defeat in eleven contests. Jose Quintana threw well enough to win with three runs scored in 7.1 innings but the offense never got going. The bats mustered just four hits and walked three times with Paul Konerko driving in the lone run for a 1-0 lead in the second but that was it at the plate. Ace left hander Chris Sale makes his first start since April 17th when he was shelved with a flexor injury. Before getting hurt Sale was 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA with a 0.84 WHIP over 27.1 frames.
I'm going with the White Sox assuming Sale is healthy but I'm not entirely confident because Sale might be on a short leash because of a pitch count...