With the series win in Minnesota, the White Sox bump their lead in the division up two and a half games ahead of Cleveland, and now look to carry the hot bats into New York to face the Yankees. The Yankees are also leading their division and currently are the owners of a five-game winning streak heading into the first game of the series.
This will be a true test to the White Sox, as this is the first of two series in which they will play back-to-back first place teams. In fact, the next two series are against the two best teams in baseball right now. With the “Bronx Bombers” having the second-best record in the MLB, it’s good to know the White Sox are playing their best baseball on the road, having a record of 21-14 away from home.
Dylan Axelrod (0-1, ERA 4.85) vs Ivan Nova (9-2, ERA 4.25)
Jose Quintana (2-1, ERA 1.25) vs Adam Warren (0-0, ERA 0.00)
Jake Peavy (6-4, ERA 2.84) vs Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, ERA 3.40)
- Peavy has lost his last three outings, but has only given up a total of five earned runs over those last three starts.
Gavin Floyd (6-7, ERA 4.80) vs Phil Hughes (8-6, ERA 4.48)
Series Studs (Last three games)
Alex Rios: Rios is stroking the baseball, hitting .538 with 5 runs and 4 RBI last series.
Kevin Youkilis: Since becoming a member of the White Sox, Youkilis is hitting .417 with 1 run and 2 RBI.
Robinson Cano: Last series Cano batted .500 from the plate with 3 runs and 5 RBI
Series Duds (Last three games)
Gordon Beckham: After getting on a small hitting streak, Gordon has struggled the last three game, only hitting .182 with zeros along the way for the last three games.
Mark Teixeira: Known to have a slow start, Teixeira hasn’t got the numbers he is seeking this year. Tex is batting .111 with 2 runs, 1 RBI and 1 walk the last three games.
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