The qualified pitcher with the worst ERA in baseball takes the mound for the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night and it’s Ivan Nova against his former Yankees team as the clubs open a series on the South Side. New York is solidly favored on the MLB lines.
How to Bet Yankees at White Sox MLB Odds & TV Info
- When: Thursday, 8:10 PM ET
- Where: Guaranteed Rate Field
- Probable pitchers (away/home): JA Happ/Ivan Nova
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: WGN 720 AM
- Opening MLB Lines: New York Yankees -190 (Total 10)
Why Bet on NY Yankees?
New York split a doubleheader with the Mets on Tuesday, their only day playing this week thus far after Monday’s game was rained out and pushed to Tuesday. The Yanks are 3-6 in their past nine games but are still 18-9 since 5/12 and 23-11 since 5/5.
Brett Gardner belted his 10th home run of the season Tuesday. Gardner had a couple of hits in each game of the twin bill and reached base a total of five times. Luke Voit launched a three-run homer Tuesday in the Yankees’ win. His three-run shot off Zack Wheeler gave the Yankees the lead in the fourth inning and they didn’t look back. Voit has amassed 16 home runs and a .888 OPS this season.
Overall, the Yankees have homered in 15 consecutive games, the team’s longest HR streak since a 16-game streak from 5/15-6/4/94 and tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history. The Yanks have hit 25 homers during the streak, which is tied for the third-longest in the Majors this season (Seattle-20G, Houston-19G, Chicago-NL-15G).
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that former All-Star reliever Dellin Betances will be “shut down for a couple of weeks.” Betances suffered a low-grade lat strain on Friday while ramping up his rehabilitation from right shoulder impingement. “He’s still going to play a big role for us this year, just a little later on,” Boone said. There is no exact timetable for the setup man’s return at this point.
Though his fly-ball tendencies have led to some home runs, Yankees lefty JA Happ (6-3, 4.48) has been on a solid run of late, winning five straight decisions and posting a 2.50 ERA in his past 18 innings over three starts.
Happ allowed one run on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks across five innings to earn a victory against the Red Sox on Friday. The 36-year-old did toss up another home run, but it was only a solo shot. With a 5.34 FIP, Happ hasn’t exactly pitched well this season but allowing long balls have been one of his biggest problems. Despite earning a win in four of his last five outings, Happ has a career-high 19.0 percent HR/FB and 2.13 HR/9.
- Runs: 5.38
- Hits: 8.74
- Walks: 3.64
- Strike Outs: 8.68
- Runs: 4.32
- Hits: 8.00
- Walks: 3.03
- Strike Outs: 9.30
Why Bet on Chicago White Sox?
Chicago split two games at home with Washington to open this week, winning Tuesday 7-5. Wellington Castillo hit a grand slam to dead center field against Nationals starter Patrick Corbin in the first inning. It was his only hit in four at-bats, and he’s got just five homers all year while hitting just .190. Star rookie Eloy Jimenez went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday’s win. The 22-year-old is hitting .239/.289/.452 through 42 games thus far.
Alex Colome allowed a run on a hit and two walks while tossing 1 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Nationals, earning his 14th save of the season. The save gives Colome 14 on the year, and the 30-year-old holds a strong 2.39 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 24/8 K/BB ratio across 26 1/3 innings of work. He’s a trade candidate.
Monitor whether rising star third baseman Yoan Moncada plays here. Moncada made an early exit from Monday night’s series opener against the Nats after experiencing upper back tightness and didn’t play Tuesday. The White Sox are calling him day-to-day.
Ivan Nova (3-5) took a no-decision Friday against the Royals after allowing four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six through 5.1 innings. The 32-year-old had only given up one run against Kansas City over five innings during his last start against them in May, but Friday was a different story. Nova started off strong, retiring the first six batters until Nicky Lopez touched him up for a leadoff double in the third.
Overall, Nova looked solid through five innings and carried a 2-1 lead into the sixth, when he allowed three consecutive hits including a double by Adalberto Mondesi to tie the game at 2-2. He then struck out Jorge Soler but walked Ryan O’Hearn, who would be his final batter of the night. The right-hander will carry a 6.28 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 46:19 K:BB into this matchup.
- Runs: 4.24
- Hits: 8.38
- Walks: 2.50
- Strike Outs: 9.29
- Runs: 5.08
- Hits: 8.59
- Walks: 3.71
- Strike Outs: 7.83
Yankees vs White Sox MLB Betting Trends
- Yankees are 5-0 in Happ’s last 5 starts during game 1 of a series
- White Sox are 22-47 in their last 69 games following an off day
- Yankees are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against Chi White Sox
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of NY Yankees’ last 15 games on the road
- White Sox are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi White Sox’s last 5 games against an opponent in the American League East division
Expert Final Score Prediction for Yankees vs White Sox
New York Yankees 7 – Chicago White Sox 4