If you’ve ever bet a baseball game, you know that you’ve pretty much agreed to a three-hour emotional roller coaster that will have more twists and turns than a trio of Real Housewives episodes. Exhibit A: Last night’s Padres-Pirates game. San Diego scored twice in the bottom of the first, led 3-1 after five, trailed 3-2 in the top of the sixth, scored single runs in its next three at-bats to take a 5-3 lead, blew that lead in the top of the ninth, then got a walk-off two-run homer in the 10th to prevail 7-5. Sure, my kids now know four new swear words, but the more important thing is I’ve now hit three straight baseball plays and five of my last seven.
Tonight, it’s off to the south side of Chi-Town, as yours truly and the White Sox look to continue our winning ways. The Sox have pummeled the Yankees in the first two games of this series (7-3, 9-6) to improve to 17-10 since July 23. And tonight, they send their ace to the mound, lefty Chris Sale (14-4, 2.72 ERA). Sale leads his team in wins, ERA and WHIP (1.06), and he’s been incredible in the Windy City, going 7-2 with a 1.80 ERA. True, Sale is coming off a 4-2 road loss to the Royals, but he hasn’t lost consecutive decisions all season (and only once has have the Sox lost back-to-back games that Sale has started).
On the flip side, the Yankees are handing the ball to Phil Hughes, who is 12-10 with a 4.23 ERA overall, 3-7 with a 5.31 ERA on the road (New York has dropped eight of his 11 road starts, including the last four in a row) and 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA in his last three outings (allowing 15 runs, 11 earned, in 15 1/3 innings). Hughes does have outstanding career numbers against the White Sox (3-1, 1.13 ERA), and the Yanks have won his last four starts against Chicago. However, New York is just 6-10 in its last 16 road games (while the Sox are 17-5 in their last 22 at home), and the Yanks aren’t hitting left-handed pitching right now (.230 average last 10 games). Cheap price to lay with the hotter team and the better starter.
Rating:★ ★ ★ ☆
Tuesday’s Result: Padres (+115) vs. Pirates (Win)