White Sox vs. Yankees - 7/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (40-41) at Chicago White Sox (42-40)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
C Sabathia (5-5) (3.17) vs. J Shields (3-9) (5.85)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +114 / New York Yankees -124 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox begin a three-game series Monday afternoon.
The New York Yankees look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Yankees have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and seven or more runs in five of their last eight games. The New York Yankees have an ERA of 4.41 and have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Didi Gregorius leads New York with 80 hits, Carlos Beltran has 53 RBI and Starlin Castro has 10 home runs. CC Sabathia gets the ball, and he’s 5-5 with a 3.17 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. Sabathia is 19-5 with a 3.68 ERA and 206 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The White Sox have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Chicago White Sox offense has picked up recently, and they’ve won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Adam Eaton leads Chicago with 87 hits, Jose Abreu has 49 RBI and Todd Frazier has 23 home runs. James Shields takes the hill, and he’s 3-9 with a 5.85 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Shields is 10-16 with a 4.15 ERA and 159 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. American League Central and 6-2 in Sabathias last 8 starts with 5 days of rest. The White Sox are 3-8 in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing record and 10-3 in their last 13 Monday games. The Yankees are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 12-3 in the last 15 meetings overall.
I have little to no confidence in the Yankees and their offense, but I have even less confidence in Shields and his ability to pitch. So, I have to side with the road team by default. The best bet here would probably be to leave it alone.