July 30, 2009

Yankees-White Sox series preview

Heading into the four-game series, the Yankees (62-39) hold a three-game lead in the East, while the White Sox (51-51) trail the Tigers by three games in the Central.

The Yanks are clearly playing better baseball right now, as they have won all four series since the break. Meanwhile, the White Sox have lost five of their last six.

This will be the first time these two teams meet this season, and will face off again at the end of August in the Bronx.

Pitching Matchups:

Date: Yankees starters White Sox starters
8:11 p.m., Thur. Andy Pettitte (8-6, 4.67) Gavin Floyd (8-6, 4.24)
8:11 p.m., Fri. Sergio Mitre (1-0, 5.91) Clayton Richard (4-3, 4.65)
4:05 p.m., Sat. A.J. Burnett (10-4, 3.53) John Danks (8-7, 3.89)
2:05 p.m., Sun. CC Sabathia (10-7, 3.83) Mark Buehrle (11-4, 3.45)
Note: Sabathia hasn’t been slotted in to Sunday’s start as of 6:30 on Thursday, but I would hope he gets the nod. It’s his turn in the rotation, and Mr. Perfecto is starting.

Lineups Tonight:
Yankees lineup White Sox lineup
Derek Jeter SS Mark Kotsay CF
Johnny Damon LF Gordon Beckham 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B Jermaine Dye RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B Jim Thome DH
Hideki Matsui DH Paul Konerko 1B
Nick Swisher RF A.J. Pierzynski C
Robinson Cano 2B Carlos Quentin LF
Melky Cabrera CF Chris Getz 2B
Jose Molina C Jayson Nix SS
Note: I’d like to see Cano and Swisher swapped. I know Swish has the pop, but I like Cano’s hitting more.

My Outlook:
It’s hard to bet against the Yankees right now. However, the White Sox believe they still have a chance at the postseason this year, as they were not sellers at the deadline. Don’t count them out of the series, but the Yankees could easily win three of four.

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