MLB Picks: The Yankees and White Sox are set to play game two in their four game set at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Chicago won last night 3-2 to snap a three game losing streak. This evening's contest is set to get underway at 8:11pm ET. Sportsbetting.com has the Yankees listed a slight -118 favorite in their MLB Picks: Yankees vs White Sox MLB Betting Odds – July 31, 2009.
New York's lead over Boston in the American League East fell to 2.5 games yesterday as they dropped the opener to Chicago and the Red Sox rallied late to beat the Athletics 8-5 at Fenway. The Yankees now are 62-40 overall and 27-23 on the road. They have been one of the hottest teams in the league since the All-Star break, having won seven of their last 10 and 11 of their last 14.
Sergio Mitre will make his third big league start for New York as he takes the hill tonight at U.S. Cellular. The 28 year old former Marlin is 1-0 in his first two appearances with a less than sterling 5.91 ERA. He has pitched just 10.2 innings, giving up 17 hits and seven earned runs, but the Yankees are 2-0 despite his numbers. Mitre is making his first road start of the season this evening.
The White Sox closed to within 2.5 games of the Tigers with last night's win. They improved to 52-51 on the season and 28-23 at home after last night's brillant effort from starter Gavin Floyd. Floyd gave up four hits and one earned run over 7.2 innings while striking out 10.
Left-hander Clayton Richard takes the ball tonight for skipper Ozzie Guillen. Richard is 4-3 in 14 starts with a 4.73 ERA, but he has been outstanding in his last two outings. The 25 year old Indiana native has worked 16 innings, giving up nine hits and two earned runs to help the Sox go 1-1.
Richard has made 12 appearances at U.S. Cellular this year; he has a 5.60 ERA there and opponents are hitting .281 against him at his home park.
New York Yankees Over 10 (-120), -118 (Moneyline)
Chicago White Sox Under 10 (+100), -102 (Moneyline)
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