Yankees Get Chance to Scout White Sox’s Quintana in Person Tuesday

Matthew Jordan

Monday, June 26, 2017 6:26 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 26, 2017 6:26 PM UTC

Neither the New York Yankees nor Chicago White Sox are playing well of late as the two face off in Game 2 of a four-game set on the South Side of the Windy City on Tuesday (8:10 p.m. ET). Could it be the last outing in a Sox uniform for Jose Quintana?

MLB Season Record: 25-18 (two games pending)

New York Yankees At Chicago White Sox (+122, 8.5)

The Bombers got some bad news on Sunday when good-looking young outfielder Aaron Hicks left New York’s loss to Texas with a ribcage injury that will keep him out 3-4 weeks. Hicks might have been a candidate to be an All-Star reserve for the American League with his .290 average, 10 homers, 37 RBIs and .398 on-base percentage. He has also played multiple games at all three outfield positions.

This series matches two of the best rookies in the AL. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge you know all about. As of Monday, he continued to lead the AL in all three Triple Crown categories with a .332 average, 26 homers and 59 RBIs. He’s the -200 MLB betting favorite at BetOnline to win the AL MVP and +130 to lead the majors in homers. Barring a serious injury soon, Judge is a lock for ROY. He reached 30 homers in 100 career games, the fifth-fastest in MLB history.

It might surprise you, however, to learn what type of a season that Chicago DH Matt Davidson is having. He once was a top prospect for Arizona but didn’t hit much his one season with the Diamondbacks in the majors (2013) and didn’t get back to the Show until last year when he got all of two at-bats for the Pale Hose. Davidson has become the Sox’s regular DH in 2017, batting .260 with 17 homers and 38 RBIs. He still strikes out way too much, but Chicago needs that power. Among AL players with at least 200 plate appearances, he ranks fourth with a 12.00 home run ratio per at-bat.

The White Sox dropped two of three in the Bronx from April 17-19, and New York didn’t have injured shortstop Didi Gregorius or catcher Gary Sanchez then. Sanchez reached 100 career games on Sunday and went yard. His 33 dingers in his first 100 games are the second-most ever behind Mark McGwire’s 37.


Tuesday’s Probable Pitchers

Now they we are nearly into July, the trade market will start heating up. There’s no question that the Yankees are eyeing a starting pitcher and there’s also no question that the White Sox are open to dealing lefty ace Jose Quintana. There could be a match, then, between these two teams. Every general manager in baseball has made a big mistake in terms of player development. It’s just a fact of life in MLB. New York’s Brian Cashman goofed on Quintana several years ago. He signed with the team in March 2008 and pitched well in the Dominican Summer League for two years and as a reliever in High-A in 2011 but wasn’t included on the 40-man roster after that season and became a six-year minor-league free agent. The White Sox snapped him up.

Some think Quintana (4-8, 4.69) got off to a rough start in 2017 because all the trade rumors were affecting him, and he’s probably a goner by the deadline, but in June he’s 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Batters are hitting just .216 off him. Thus Quintana has rebuilt his trade value. Manager Rick Renteria has credited the improvement on Quintana getting ahead in the count and using his breaking ball and changeup a little more effectively. It obviously has helped that Chicago has put up nine first-inning runs combined his past two starts.

Quintana didn’t face the Yankees in April. Brett Gardner is 2-for-7 career off him with two doubles. Matt Holliday is 2-for-3. Starlin Castro is 0-for-14 -- Castro left Monday's game, though, with a hamstring injury so likely sits out a while. Judge hasn’t faced Quintana.

New York’s Luis Severino (5-3, 3.30) has not been sharp in his past two outings, giving up 10 runs and walking six in 12 innings as New York lost to the Angels and A’s. Severino’s 87.1 innings already are a career high. Could he be hitting the wall? Severino lost to the White Sox on April 18 (8 IP, 3 ER, 10Ks). Avisail Garcia has a homer in five at-bats off him. Jose Abreu is 3-for-8 with two RBIs.


Reasoning For Pick

The White Sox kill left-handed pitching (MLB-best .302 average) but are hitting only .247 against right-handers and are way below .500 against them. The Yanks struggle vs. lefties (.245) but rake (.278) against right-handers. The Sox are 1-7 in Quintana’s past eight vs. teams with a winning record so the Yanks will be my MLB pick.

Free MLB Pick: Yankees -132Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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