The Chicago White Sox don’t have much of a chance at storming back in the AL Central. They’re 12.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins, who lead the division by a sizable margin over the Indians. In any event, the White Sox have a shot at having a strong second-half and grabbing a wildcard. It seems that they were dead in the water to open the season, but are making an impressive push and are breathing down the Indians’ neck for 2nd.
They’re 3.5 games back of a wildcard, with Thursday night pending, so it’s not out of the question they can get in. However, I think the White Sox are better focused on the future. Whatever happens this season is fine, because they are beginning to lay the ground work to be a contender again. They won the World Series in 2005, which is a little while ago, but when it comes to success it isn’t like it was ages ago that they were a major threat.
The White Sox did not look like a team on the rise last night, though. J.A. Happ was lights out early, as he didn’t allow much to get by him until the 5th inning and then things unraveled for him. The White Sox tied the game up quickly and erased a 4-run deficit in an inning.
The Yankees haven’t needed him much this season, but they are about to get a tremendous boost with the return of Giancarlo Stanton. The Yanks have been good despite the injuries, but his bat will be needed later on in the year. Stanton may make a return on Tuesday to the starting lineup. As far as Aaron Judge is concerned, he has a chance of returning sometime next week as well. Aaron Boone would like to see them back for a homestand against the Rays or Astros.
The Yankees will have ten straight games at home to get Stanton and Judge acclimated in the lineup. CC Sabathia will get the call as the starting pitcher for the Yankees this evening. The White Sox will counter with emerging star, Lucas Giolito, in this one. Head below for our free Yankees vs. White Sox pick.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox Pick:
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The Yankees are going to be more than fine offensively in the second-half. They made it work with their patchwork lineup, which included minor leaguers who were getting their first taste of everyday work in the major leagues. If I’m a pitcher, don’t give me the Yankees when they’re healthy. However, their rotation can be hot and cold, and if James Paxton is not performing as an ace, there’s a hole to be had in it.
The Yankees missed out on the bidding war for Dallas Keuchel, so they might be in a situation to swing a deal at the trade deadline. They have the last two seasons by acquiring Sonny Gray and Paxton. Gray was a major bust and Paxton has an opportunity to help get the Yankees over the hump this season. His level of success as a Yankee is still pending. He got booed off the mound in his last outing, which was a staple of Gray’s time in the Bronx.
Sabathia’s play recently likely is prompting the Yankees to look elsewhere for a trade. He hasn’t had it recently, as Sabathia enters Friday with an ERA of 6.19 and 1.44 WHIP in his last three starts. His effort on the road has been below average, as he has posted an ERA of 5.68 and 1.42 WHIP. Yankee Stadium has been his sanctuary, though, with a strong 2.33 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. In his last ten innings on the road, Sabathia has surrendered 13 hits and 8 runs.
Then there is Giolito, who is having himself a breakout season in 2019. Giolito owns an overall ERA of 2.28 and 0.92 WHIP in his second season as a fulltime starting pitcher. Note that in his last 15 innings he hasn’t allowed a run, along with just 8 hits and 2 walks yielded. In three of his last four games he hasn’t allowed a run, and in six of his previous seven outings, Giolito has allowed 1 or less runs. His team has won seven straight games in which he has started. I know it’s the Yankees, but this looks like a good price on Giolito and the White Sox.