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New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees
Date & Time Friday April 12, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
The Line
New York Yankees: -1.5 (-120) / Chicago White Sox: 1.5 (+100)
TV Channel
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The Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees meet in MLB action from Yankee Stadium in game one of a three game weekend set on Friday night.

The Chicago White Sox will be out to snap a 5-game losing streak after being swept by Tampa Bay following a 9-1 loss in the series finale on Wednesday. Yonder Alonso accounted for the lone Chicago RBI in the losing effort while Tim Anderson went 2 for 4 at the dish. Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez and Yolmer Sanchez each chipped in a double while Leury Garcia added a base hit to cap off the White Sox offense in the losing effort. Reynaldo Lopez took the loss, falling to 0-2 after allowing eight runs on ten hits while walking four and striking out five over 4.1 innings of work. Lucas Giolito will start game one and is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Giolito’s second career start against New York.

The New York Yankees will look to bounce back after being swept by the Houston Astros, losing game three on Wednesday by a final score of 8-6. Luke Voit and DJ LeMahieu each had two RBIs with Voit launching a home run while LeMahieu went 3 for 3 at the dish with a double. Brett Gardner added a solo homer and Clint Frazier chipped in an RBI as well to round out the Yankees’ scoring in the losing effort. Gleyber Torres went 2 for 5 with a double while Greg Bird and Tyler Wade each chipped in base hits as well in defeat. James Paxton took the loss, falling to 1-2 after allowing five runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out five over four innings of work. J.A. Happ will start game one and is 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 44 strikeouts against the White Sox.

Chicago is 1-7 in Giolito’s last 8 starts and 2-7 in their last 9 road games while the over is 12-3-2 in their last 17 games overall. New York is 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 50-24 in their last 74 home games against a team with a right-handed starter while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Chicago is 10-21 in the last 31 meetings between these two teams and 16-35 in the last 51 meetings between these two teams in New York.

You could make a case for the White Sox and the plus money if the White Sox weren’t looking like the same team from last year that struggles to find offense. Giolito pitched well in his first start, but he regressed as I expected in his next start, allowing five runs in 4.1 innings of work against Seattle at home. Stuff like that won’t fly against the Yankees at home who can slug it with the best of them in the majors, especially when Giolito’s lone career start against the Yankees last season saw Giolito allow seven runs in just five innings of work. This is a series that the Yankees should get some of their offensive groove back, so I’ll side with the Yankees on the RL to bring some value to the bet.

New York Yankees: -1.5 (-120)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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