After taking three of four against Baltimore in record setting ways, the Yankees head to Chicago to take on the White Sox in a four game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Yankees stayed pat as the trade deadline came and went, as they will expect the current roster to make a long playoff push.
The Yankee offense will bring their prolific offense to the south side of the Windy City to face White Sox starters Jake Peavy (4-4 5.27 ERA), John Danks (4-8 3.79 ERA), Gavin Floyd (9-9 ERA 3.96 ERA) and Philip Humber (8-7 3.44 ERA). When the Yankees faced Humber earlier this season he went 7.0 innings of one hit ball with five strikeouts. Peavy has lost his last four games while Danks has only let up four earned runs in his last six starts combined for a 4-0 record after starting the season 0-8.
The White Sox lineup has been very disappointing compared to how they were projected to produce before the season started. The team has a subpar batting average hitting .250 (compared to the Yankees .263) and their power numbers have been disappointing with 100 long balls (36 behind the Yankees). That might not seem too far off but with the acquisition of Adam Dunn has not panned as his numbers have dropped significantly to a .165 batting average with only 10 homeruns and 38 RBI.
C.C. Sabathia will lead the Yankees starters against the White Sox line up as he looks for his league-leading 16th victory. Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett and Bartolo Colon will follow Sabathia as the Yankees look to close the margin in the AL East before they head to Boston.
The Yankees will have their hands full with Danks and Humber in the series but should have their way against Peavy and Floyd. The Yanks should be happy coming away with a split in this series.