The New York Yankees suddenly own the biggest divisional lead in baseball, and they’ve been killing on the MLB odds. But they’ll now be tested as they begin a four-game series at the Stadium with the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox, going forward without the two-fifths of their starting rotation, including their ace.
New York has won five games in a row and 15 of its last 18 after sweeping three games from the Indians this week. The Yanks finished off the Tribe with a 5-4 victory Wednesday afternoon.
But NY lost starting pitcher Andy Pettitte probably for the next couple months when he took a line-drive off the ankle Wednesday. That came just hours after the Yanks put CC Sabathia on the DL with a groin situation. So New York’s starting rotation is in flux at the moment.
Will those injuries be enough to slow the Yankees down? You’d think so, but the way New York bats are going, maybe not. The Yanks continue to lead the Majors in homers, and they’re regularly putting up five and six runs.
The White Sox, meanwhile, have won four of their last six games, after pounding Minnesota Wednesday 12-5. So they lead the AL Central by two and a half games over second-place Cleveland.
New York will throw Ivan Nova Thursday, rookie Adam Warren Friday, Hiroki Kuroda Saturday and Phil Hughes Sunday. Chicago will counter with Dylan Axelrod, Jose Quintana, Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd.
The Yankees are 12-2 in Nova’s starts this season, 8-7 with Hughes and 7-8 with Kuroda.
Warren will be making his ML debut.
The Sox are 9-6 in Peavy’s starts this year, 4-2 with Quintana, 1-1 with Axelrod and 7-8 with Floyd.
As of Thursday morning most online sportsbooks were listing the Yankees at right around -180 for Thursday night’s game, with an ‘over/under’ of 10.
Finally, Bovada.lv was chalking New York at -200 to win this series, with Chicago getting +160 as the underdog.