MLB Predictions 2012: New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox

The New York Yankees (72-50) and Chicago White Sox (66-55) will continue their three-game American League series on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 ET

New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox 

The New York Yankees have won eight of their last 11 games against the Chicago White Sox

New York was in relative control of last night’s game against Chicago, but surrendered nine runs between the fifth and eighth innings in a 9-6 setback in the series opener.  “The bullpen struggled tonight,” commented Yankees manager Joe Girardi.  The Yankees have a chance to bounce back in this affair, considering they’ve tallied a 26-17 record against left-handed starters.  New York is 6-6 as a road underdog of +100 to +125, with the OVER going 6-5 in those contests.

Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.76 ERA) has watched the club drop three of his last four outings, including a no-decision effort in a 10-6 home loss to the Texas Rangers last time out.  The right-hander is 8-2 with a 3.76 ERA in 14 road outings, issuing 24 walks and striking out 80 batters in 88.2 innings of work.  In four career games versus the White Sox, Nova has tallied a 2-0 record and 1.33 ERA, but didn’t earn a decision in a 4-3 home loss on June 28.

Chicago snapped its three-game losing streak with last night’s victory, something the clubhouse was focused on doing after a weekend of disappointment in Kansas City.  “Coming home is always nice,” stated White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski.  The White Sox were paced by four home runs offensively, which included designated hitter Adam Dunn hitting his major league-leading 36th round tripper of the season.  Chicago is 13-3 at home when the total is 9 to 9.5, with the OVER going 11-5 in those contests.

White Sox starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (4-10, 5.22 ERA) has led his new team to three wins in his four efforts since coming over from the Minnesota Twins, including a 7-2 road victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out.  The left-hander is 2-4 with a 4.97 ERA in 13 home outings (11 starts), with opposing hitters batting .215 against him.  In eight lifetime appearances (seven starts) versus the Yankees, Liriano has compiled a 1-4 record and 4.02 ERA, including an 8-3 setback on the road on April 17.

Sports bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 8-3 mark in Nova’s last 11 starts as a road underdog, while the White Sox are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in this series.

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