MLB Predictions 2012: Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees
The Chicago White Sox (42-35) and New York Yankees (46-30) will continue a four-game American League series on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 ET
Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees
Chicago has won four straight games and pounded out 19 hits in a 14-7 blowout victory on the road against New York on Friday night. The White Sox have actually out-homered the Yankees 6-2 in the first two games of this series, while hitting .338 and owning an 18-10 edge in runs scored. Winning on the road is nothing new for this club, tied with its current opponent with a 23-14 in that situation. Chicago is 6-0 on the road when the total is 10 to 10.5 the last two-plus years.
White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (6-4, 2.84 ERA) has lost his last three starts, receiving just two runs of support over that span. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 2.02 ERA in seven road outings, surrendering just two home runs in 49 combined frames. In three career starts versus the Yankees, Peavy has compiled an 0-3 record and 3.71 ERA, but will be making his first appearance at the new Yankee Stadium in this affair.
New York owns the second-best record in Major League Baseball, and has won seven of its last eight series. The Yankees have gone 15-7 at home against the White Sox since 2006, but have lost five of their last eight in that situation. Offensively, the team continues to be led by second baseman Robinson Cano, who is batting .333 with 10 home runs and 20 RBI in the month of June. New York is 2-3 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 this season.
Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.40 ERA) has earned a victory in three of his last four starts, picking up a 7-1 home win over the Cleveland Indians last time out, giving up one run and five hits over seven frames. The right-hander is 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in eight home outings, issuing 15 walks and collecting 39 strikeouts in 52.2 combined innings. In two career outings versus the White Sox, Kuroda has compiled a 1-1 record and 3.77 ERA.
Bettors will likely back the White Sox due to their 4-0 record in Peavy’s last four road starts with a total of 9.0 to 10.5, while the Yankees are 1-4 in Kuroda’s last five efforts against AL Central clubs.