Despite Mark Teixeira missing all three games of this weekend’s series with the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees were able to bust out the home run sticks to win the series for a 5-2 home stand. While the Orioles and the Rays are charging after the Bronx Bombers, New York continues to win series. Ichiro Suzuki shined in Sunday’s victory with two home runs off of Josh Beckett and Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda threw his second masterpiece of the week. Now, the Yankees travel to the Midwest for a six-game road trip and the first stop is with a potential playoff opponent in October.
The Yankees will travel to Chicago to take on the White Sox at US Cellular Field. The White Sox come into this series with a 1.5 game lead on the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. However, things have not been so smooth for Robin Ventura’s team. Over the weekend, they were swept by the Kansas City Royals, including nearly being no-hit by Jeremy Guthrie.
The one thing the White Sox have going for them this season is their success against the upper tier teams of the American League. The Yankees faced Chicago back in July in the Bronx and only managed a split of the four-game series thanks to fine pitching performances from Kuroda and Phil Hughes. Hughes will look to repeat that performance on Wednesday against Cy Young contender Chris Sale.
The White Sox are more known for their offensive firepower, especially in the longball department. They are third in the majors in home runs, led by the favorite for AL Comeback of the Year, Adam Dunn, who has 35 home runs. This series could be a potential slugfest with the matchups being even in the first two games of the series and if Chicago can hold off Detroit, a possible ALDS preview in about six weeks!
For this show, I talked with Matt Adams of SouthsideShowdown.com to break down the pitching matchups, discuss Chicago’s key players down the stretch, Chris Sale’s progression, and much more. Also, we go over the potential threats to the Yankees in both the AL Central and even a discussion on the chances for the Orioles and the Rays.