It’s the third contest of a four-game set at Guaranteed Rate Field between the Yankees and the White Sox and the home team has won the first the first two.
In some ways, New York’s recent play is what many expected to happen, just much sooner because of all the injuries. The Yankees have lost eight of 11 and have seven big home games next week, three with Tampa Bay and four with Houston.
Before than New York has to deal with a plucky Chicago team who hovering around .500, which statistically makes zero sense. (We’ll explain shortly).
As we went to post, there were no MLB odds, with the Yankees having not stated who their official starter is, though, it seems Chad Green (1-2, 8.27 ERA) is likely to fill the ‘opener’ role for the fifth time this season and the Yankees have won each of them.
Chicago has decided on Reynaldo Lopez (4-6, 6.21), who’s taken a major step backward in allowing a .299 batting average, to go along with a 1.61 WHIP and 18 long balls. Let’s attempt to figure out what could happen.
New York Pitching Has To Firm Up
The Yankees are still third in the American League in run differential, but their pitching has failed them during this stretch. Manager Aaron Boone’s staff has surrender 6.7 runs a game, which is a bad number for Baltimore, let alone this group.
Whoever starts and those that follow have to locate all their pitchers better, as nearly every batter has taken healthy cut the last couple of weeks. The inability to properly hit the catchers determined target has led to all the runs allowed, particularly true vertically. Pitches that are supposed to be at the knees are too often coming in thigh or belt high, which is leading to trouble.
See you next week.