New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox - 5/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (23-12) at New York Yankees (14-19)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
C Sale (7-0) (1.79) vs. Luis Severino (0-5) (6.12)
The Line: New York Yankees +128 / Chicago White Sox -138 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, YES
Friday evening in MLB action from Yankee Stadium, we’ve got the opener of a weekend series between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees.
The White Sox are coming off an early-week set with the Rangers. Chicago took game one 8-4 before dropping the final two games by a combined three runs.
As for the Yankees, they just finished up a lengthy four-game home set against the Royals. New York posted wins in the first two games before dropping Wednesday’s matchup. In the Thursday finale, New York posted a 7-3 victory despite getting out-hit 9-7 by the Royals.
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Chicago will be bringing out the big guns on Friday, putting left-hander Chris Sale on the mound. Sale has been great in his seven starts this season, winning each one on the way to a 1.79 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP over 50.1 innings of work. That said, Sale’s last couple of outings have been a bit shaky (relatively speaking), and he’s coming off two runs over seven innings against the Twins on Saturday.
The White Sox have a pretty deep lineup of hitters in their order. Melky Cabrera heads the charge with 40 hits and 19 runs for a .308 average. Adam Eaton isn’t far behind with 39 hits and 17 runs. Todd Frazier has been Chicago’s power source with his team-high 11 home runs and 31 RBI.
Over on the Yankees’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Luis Severino in the starting role on Friday. It’s been a rocky road for Severino in 2016, as he’s 0-5 over six starts with a 6.12 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP across 32.1 innings. Back on Sunday in his last start, Severino gave up three homers to the Red Sox over 6.2 innings for four earned runs.
The New York batting order has certainly had its ups and downs this season. Starlin Castro has played well, however, on 36 hits and 14 RBI. Castro bashed a homer in Thursday’s game. Carlos Beltran leads the team with seven homers and has 15 RBI to his credit. Brian McCann has belted four homers with 18 runs. McCann had a 1-for-3 night with an RBI on Thursday.
The White Sox are 5-0 in their last five games following an off day, and 8-0 in Sale’s last eight starts.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 1-4 in Severino’s last five home starts, and 0-7 in Severino’s last seven starts overall.
I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to pick the Yankees here, especially judging by the Sale-Severino pitching matchup. Chicago should roll.