Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 19, 2024

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May 19, 2024 6:11 AM
The Chicago White Sox will look to turn their fortunes around as they visit the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, May 19 at 1:35 PM. The Yankees, riding a 2-0 series lead, will aim to capitalize on their dominant form, particularly at home where they hold a 15-6 record. Can the struggling White Sox, who have a dismal 4-18 road record, finally find a way to overcome their Bronx blues?
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White Sox vs Yankees starting pitchers

  • Carlos Rodon for New York Yankees
  • Chris Flexen for Chicago White Sox

White Sox vs Yankees game preview

As the Chicago White Sox gear up to take on the New York Yankees, all eyes are on the mound where Chris Flexen and Carlos Rodon are set to start for their respective teams. Flexen, with a somewhat shaky ERA of 4.46 and a WHIP of 1.26 this season, has been trying to find his rhythm, striking out 30 batters but also giving up 5 home runs. On the flip side, Rodon has been more solid for the Yankees, boasting a stronger ERA of 3.31 and a WHIP of 1.22, alongside an impressive tally of 49 strikeouts. This pitching match-up sets a fascinating stage, pitting Flexen's quest for consistency against Rodon's continuing dominance.

Turning our gaze to the Chicago White Sox, they've been struggling with the bat, and the stats lay it bare. Stationed at the bottom of the league with a team batting average of just .216 and the lowest runs scored at 131, the lineup has been underwhelming. Key players like Gavin Sheets and Andrew Benintendi need to step up big time. The Sox's performance at the plate will be critical, especially against a pitcher of Rodon's caliber. Can they turn their fortunes around in this high-stakes game? They’ll need more than just heart; they’ll need smart, strategic at-bats and perhaps a bit of luck.

On the other side of the field, the New York Yankees are looking formidable. Ranking in the top 5 for runs scored and hits, they're swinging bats that can make any pitcher sweat. With stars like Juan Soto leading with a .317 average and Aaron Judge knocking 12 homers out of the park, the Yankees’ offensive firepower is clear. Their strategy at the plate has been aggressive, facing a massive number of pitches and working walks to maintain pressure on their opponents. If they maintain this approach against Flexen, they could capitalize early and control the pace of the game, which is key in keeping their winning momentum.

New York Yankees injuries

  • Jesus Liranzo (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Jorbit Vivas (2B): Day-To-Day
  • Danny Watson (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Tyler Hardman (1B): Day-To-Day
  • James Norwood (RP): Day-To-Day

Chicago White Sox injuries

  • Ryan Burrowes (SS): Out
  • Dominic Leone (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Corey Knebel (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Bryan Ramos (3B): 10-Day-IL
  • Luis Robert Jr. (CF): 10-Day-IL

White Sox vs Yankees predictions

I'm expecting a big game from Andrew Benintendi, who's been on a tear lately. I think he'll come out swinging, racking up at least two hits, including a double, and scoring a run. Paul DeJong is another guy who could have a big impact, with a home run and two RBIs on the day. And don't sleep on Eloy Jimenez, who's due for a breakout game - I see him collecting three hits, including a double, and driving in a run. If these guys can come through, the White Sox might just have a shot at taking down the Yanks.

On the other side, the Yankees are stacked with talent. Aaron Judge is a monster, and I think he'll go deep again, maybe even twice, and drive in three runs. Anthony Rizzo is another guy who always seems to come through in big games, and I see him collecting two hits and scoring a run. And let's not forget about Juan Soto, who's been on fire lately - I think he'll collect three hits, including a double, and drive in two runs. With this lineup, it's hard to bet against the Yankees.

In the end, I think the Yankees' firepower will be too much for the White Sox. I'm predicting a 7-4 Yankees win, with Carlos Rodon getting the W and the bullpen shutting the door in the late innings. The White Sox will put up a fight, but ultimately, the Yanks' superior talent will prevail.

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