Coming off two games at Wrigley Field, the Yankees are heading to U.S. Cellular Field for a 4-game set against the White Sox. They really lucked out though as they won’ t be seeing the talents of rising superstar Jose Abreu. Abreu is on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his left ankle which could be a huge advantage for the Bombers.
Probable Pitching Match-ups
Yankees @ White Sox
Who’s Hot?: Gordon Beckham is on fire of late. This past week, he hit nearly .400 in over 25 at-bats. He also had a homer and four RBI. However, Conor Gillaspie has been even better. Gillaspie is hitting over .450 in his last six games. Both players have filled the void of Abreu absence nicely.
Not too many Yankees are hitting well lately, but Brian Roberts and Brett Gardner have been just about the only two that have been. In the same week span, Gardner’s average is up around .380 while Roberts has hit around .300. There isn’t too much power in there though, as the two have combined for only two home runs and three RBI along with three two-baggers.
Who’s Not?: Paul Konerko has been awful lately picking up just a couple of hits in almost 20 at-bats. His average hovers around .185 for the season. Certainly not the Konerko most are used to. Alejandro De Aza hasn’t been seeing the ball well either. The outfielder is hitting below .150 in his last 20 at-bats. They both hope to get back on track when the Yanks come to town.
*What To Watch For*
David Phelps gets the nod Thursday and he hasn’t faced the White Sox much. Out of the seven players on the club who have seen the right-hander, Paul Konerko has been the only one to pick up a hit. The second game will be started by Hiroki Kuroda. Beckham and De Aza have owned the 39-year-old, going a combined 11-for-24 (.458). The two of them along with Konerko and Adam Dunn all have a homer against the Japanese pitcher.
The third game of the series will be handed to Vidal Nuno, who will face the White Sox for the first time. After being blown away against the Mets, he was better in his last start. The most reliable pitcher on the Yankees will start the final game on Sunday. That, of course is Masahiro Tanaka. It will be interesting to see how he will bounce back after his first loss in the Majors. And that is your Yankees/White Sox series preview!