Teams that could turn out to be first round opponents in the MLB betting postseason will duke it out on Wednesday night in the South Side of the Windy City, where the Chicago White Sox will hope to continue their winning ways against the New York Yankees.
The Yanks have dropped two in a row and are now just 5-5 in their last 10 games, and because of that, they have the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles back in their rearview mirrors. This is still quite the comfortable position to be in, as both Tampa Bay and Baltimore would be in the playoffs if they started right now, but that four-game cushion doesn’t look as promising as it did a few weeks ago. Phil Hughes is going to try to right this small losing skid on Wednesday. Hughes really has had three straight bad starts, allowing 15 runs in a total of 15.1 innings of work. Of course, all four runs that he allowed against the Boston Red Sox in a 6-4 win in his last start were unearned, though we still think that he could have done a lot more. The White Sox have been baffled by Hughes in his career, and the hope is that that is going to keep up tonight. Hughes is 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA in his career against the Pale Hose, and that includes his most recent start in which he allowed just two runs in eight innings in a ‘W’ on July 1st.
Many figured that the White Sox would flounder in the back end of the season, but at least as of this point, that just isn’t the case. They are still atop the AL Central by two games, and they would still be a game up on the last Wild Card spot as well if the Tigers were to catch them. Youngster Chris Sale is just 23 years old, and he is in his first year as a full-time starter for the Sox. The southpaw has been remarkable, going 14-4 with a 2.72 ERA. He has shown control, allowing just 35 walks in his 21 starts (and one relief appearance), and he has 137 strikeouts in 145.1 innings of work. Batters are hitting just .223 against him, and he has a WHIP of 1.06. These are the numbers of a seasoned veteran that could be up for the Cy Young, and it is remarkable that such a young pitcher is having this success in the American League, where there are a ton of teams that are just stacked offensively.
Asking for nine runs to go on the board tonight might be a bit much. Hughes has got to be able to come back to earth at some point and start to pitch the Yankees towards the playoffs, and Sale’s record speaks for itself. Both of these men have had a lot of success against the other team, and we think that that will continue once again in what should be a well pitched battle on Wednesday night. Chicago 4 – New York 3