White Sox Host New York Yankees On ESPN2

By: Michael Robinson | Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Wednesday night battle between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox features two division leaders who need to keep winning to stay on top.

The Don Best odds screen has opened with New York as 115 road ‘dogs with a total of 8½ runs. First pitch from the Windy City’s South Side will be a little past 8:00 p.m. (ET) for this 3-game series finale on ESPN2.

This matchup got underway Monday night with the White Sox pounding out a 9-6 win. They lead the AL Central by two games over the Detroit Tigers are 16-5 in their last 21 home games dating back to late June.

New York has a 4-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East, but the hard-charging Rays have won 5-straight and 12-of-14 overall. The Bronx Bombers are treading water lately in alternating between wins and losses their last six games.

Note these stats do not include Tuesday’s Game 2 which is still pending. Chicago is a small 109 favorite (total of nine) with the recently acquired Francisco Liriano squaring off against Ivan Nova.

The pitching matchup on Wednesday is a good one with New York’s Phil Hughes (12-10, 4.23 ERA) against AL Cy Young candidate Chris Sale (14-4, 2.72 ERA). However, both guys have had some hiccups of late and some betting trends to take note of.

Hughes is coming off a home win (6-4) versus Boston last Friday, allowing four unearned runs over seven innings. His problem has been on the road this season (3-7, 5.31 ERA), going 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA the last four.

New York is just 1-12 in Hughes’ last 13 road starts against a team with a winning record.

The 26-year-old right-hander beat the White Sox this year on July 1 (two earned runs over eight innings), but it was at Yankee Stadium. He does have a sterling .84 ERA in a limited 10 2/3 career innings (four appearances) at U.S. Cellular Field.

Sale has been a revelation in his first year as a starter, but more human his last five starts (2-3, 4.67 ERA). Homers have been a big problem with eight over that span after just five in his first 17 outings.

The 23-year-old lefty won his last two home starts over Kansas City (4-2) and Oakland (7-3) despite allowing four total dingers. He’s 7-2 with a 1.80 ERA in 10 home starts this year and this is his first career start against New York.

This is the second series between the teams this year, splitting four in the Bronx previously. The loss on Monday ended a 6-game Yankees winning streak at U.S. Cellular going back to 2010.

Chicago centerfielder Alejandro De Aza (oblique) is out indefinitely. He’s third on the team in at-bats (445) and has a .744 OPS.

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