The New York Yankees have cashed at 3-1 in the first four contests of their present home stand, topped by Monday’s 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Tuesday’s rematch has Yankees righty Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89 ERA) facing White Sox southpaw Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99 ERA). Will the Yanks continue winning of will the White Sox even things up today?
Yankees, Jeter spank Sox
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter notched a season-high two RBIs in Monday’s triumph, finishing with a 2-for-4 day. New York’s Brett Gardner poked a pair of doubles from the leadoff spot, driving in mate Mark Reynolds as part of his club’s eight runs in the fourth inning.
Chicago’s Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez were held to a combined 0-for-8 mark, leaving four men on base. White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn logged one of his side’s three errors, while striking out twice from the cleanup spot.
Kuroda crushed in Toronto
Kuroda logged his third straight loss in Wednesday’s 7-2 defeat for New York to the Toronto Blue Jays, falling as a 143 road favorite. The 38-year-old gave up all seven of Toronto’s runs on nine hits, departing after five frames.
New York’s Alex Rodriguez logged one of his side’s two RBIs, while striking out three times in a 1-for-4 night. The lopsided affair’s combined nine runs jumped ‘Over’ the closing ‘total’ of 8.5 by a ‘hook,’ with the Yankees held to five hits.
Sale stingy at home
Sale notched his fourth win in five starts on the same night’s card, cashing as 237 home ‘chalk’ in Chicago’s 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros. The fourth-year hurler tossed 12 strikeouts over eight innings, allowing one run on four hits.
White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia cracked his third homer of the year, finishing 3-for-4. Chicago’s Paul Konerko and Jeff Keppingerboth logged 2-for-3 outings, driving in one run each.
Back the White Sox as road dogs
Kuroda opened as a 140 home favorite on MLB odds board, while the ‘total’ was first set at 7.5 (‘Under’ minus 120). The weather forecast at Yankee Stadium calls for a 78 degree night, with calm outward winds and a 40 percent chance of rain.
I am backing Sale and the White Sox as road dogs, taking a price of plus 130 as part of Tuesday’s sports pick.
Sale has had his share of solid form away from home, holding foes to 23 earned runs over his last 11 outings. The two-time All-Star held the Yankees to one run in last month’s most recent matchup against Joe Girardi’s club, outdueling Kuroda in a 3-2 victory for Chicago as a 118 home favorite.
Kuroda should look forward to returning home in this spot, but may not have enough run support with New York hitting just .238 against visiting lefties. The Yankees are 1-4 in their last five spots that followed a victory, held to just 2.2 RPG in that span of duels.
Chicago is 9-3 in its last 12 contests facing a right-handed starter, while going 4-1 in the team’s last five spots that followed a matchup of scoring two runs or less. Look for the White Sox to again bounce back hereFor your baseball picks, cashing as road dogs to even this series.
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