The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees will face off on Thursday in what should be a game that favors New York. According to most sports books, New York is the favorite in this matchup at -1.5. As the favorite this season, they hold a 36-18 record.
In their last 10 matchups against the Chicago White Sox, New York has proven to be a strong opponent. They have averaged 4.10 runs per game during that stretch and also averaged three walks per game. For what it’s worth, Chicago has more hits against New York over the last 10 games at 7.20.
Happ looks to keep rolling
J.A. Happ has been a bona fide stud this season for the Yankees. He has won his last six starts. In his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 6, he pitched seven strong innings, giving up four hits and one earned run while striking out four. He has been money this season during what has been an impressive stretch.
Overall, Happ sports a 6-3 record in correlation with a 4.48 ERA. He should be able to keep the ball rolling against a team that has struggled at times offensively this season.
Nova Tries To bounce back
With one pitcher playing very well, there is another one in the opposite dugout who is struggling. Ivan Nova, once a Yankee, has had his struggles this season. On the year, he sports a 3-5 record with a 6.28 ERA.
In his last start, Nova seemed to be on the right track. In seven innings of work, he gave up four hits and one earned run against the Kansas City Royals on June 7. He also struck out four batters. It was a stable start for him, something he desperately needed.
Good Matchup For Sox
There are several batters in Chicago’s lineup that have had success against Happ. One of them is James McCann. In 16 at-bats, he has five hits. That includes a double, a home run, and five runs batted in.
Yonder Alonso has also seen Happ well. In six at-bats, he has four hits, a home run, and three runs batted in. Those are just some of the hitters that could give Happ trouble. However, with the kind of roll he is on right now, it would be hard to bet against him in this one.
D.J. LeMahieu has been on fire lately. In the last seven days alone, he has a home run, seven runs batted in, and a walk. Good enough for a .364 average, he has been a tremendous asset to the Yankees.
He has also fared well against Ivan Nova in his career. In nine at-bats, he has six hits and a run batted in. He will certainly be difficult for the White Sox to keep quiet.
I do not see New York losing this one. They have been playing very good baseball lately, and a team like the White Sox should not present much of a challenge. Take the Yankees -1.5 in this one. That should be a safe bet.