NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the first inning against the New York Mets during interleague play on September 19, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Michael Pineda (11-8, 4.10 ERA) has to go through the strikeout machine Chris Sale (12-10, 3.47 ERA) and the White Sox to keep the Yanks hopes alive. Pineda had back to back sub-par starts but bounced back his last time out against the Mets. He went 5 1/3 scoreless innings giving up just four hits getting the win. He is 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA in his five starts back from the DL.
Sale has had an uncharacteristically bad second half. In his last outing against Cleveland, he gave up seven runs (one earned) on eight hits through seven but struck out nine. He needs just 11 more K’s to break the White Sox single season record of 269 set back in 1908. He holds a 4.66 ERA in his 12 starts since the break.
The Yankees magic number is seven.
Sale is 0-3 with a 4.15 ERA over his past five starts.
The White Sox have a 5-15 record at Yankee Stadium since 2009.