The New York Yankees (72-49) and Chicago White Sox (65-55) will open up an American League series on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 ET
New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox
New York has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, coming off a 4-1 home win over the Boston Red Sox on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The Yankees have been getting tremendous production out of former Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki, who batted .526 over the recent homestand. “Everybody knows how good of a hitter he is,” commented Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. The Bronx Bombers are back on the right track, winning 12 of 18 games this month, which directly followed losing nine of 12 to close out July. New York is 10-8 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125.
Yankees starting pitcher Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.68 ERA) has won three consecutive starts, including a 3-2 home win over the Texas Rangers last time out, allowing two runs and four hits over 6.2 innings. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 4.06 ERA in 11 road games (seven starts), issuing eight walks and striking out 36 batters in 44.1 combined frames. In 12 lifetime appearances versus the White Sox, Garcia has tallied a 5-5 record and 4.46 ERA.
Chicago was swept in a three-game road series against the Kansas City Royals over the weekend, including a 5-2 setback on Sunday afternoon. “It’s absolutely disappointing,” commented White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The White Sox will have a hard time turning things around against the AL East leaders, considering they’ve been outscored by 48-21 margin in losing the last six meetings in this series in the Windy City. Chicago is 6-4 as a home underdog of +100 to +125 this season.
White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd (9-9, 4.43 ERA) has watched the club win his last two efforts, giving up seven runs (six earned) and 15 hits over 12 combined innings against the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays. The right-hander is 7-3 with a 4.48 ERA in 13 home outings, surrendering 11 home runs in 78.1 frames. In eight career games (seven starts) versus the Yankees, Floyd has compiled a losing 2-3 record and 6.07 ERA, including a 4-2 road loss on July 1.
Sports bettors will likely back the White Sox due to their 10-3 mark in Floyd’s last 13 starts as a home underdog, while the Yankees are 2-6 in their last eight road games versus winning teams.