The New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox have been two of the most frustrating teams to bank on this year, which is why I’m excited to feature them with our MLB Series of the Week betting odds. Derek Jeter continues his farewell tour, and while this won’t be the last time he sees the White Sox, it will be his final run at U.S. Cellular Field.
Our MLB Series of the Week also sees the White Sox return home after a week long road trip that took them through Oakland, Houston and Kansas City. The White Sox have been a roller coaster against the MLB betting odds, going just 4-6 SU in their last 10 games overall and 3-4 SU in their last 7 road games.
Chicago has been a frustrating study this year because of their high powered offence and roster quality. Centered around Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn, the order of the White Sox has steadily produced with 4.91 runs per game, which is third best in the league.
However lacking pitching and horrific team defense has buried them against the MLB betting odds with 4.79 runs against. They rank 26th as a team with just 307 strikeouts and have only garnered 22 quality starts this entire season. Don’t be too quick to put all the blame on the pitching staff. The White Sox also have 38 errors, bad enough for 30th in the league.
MLB Series of the Week – New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox
- Thursday, May 22nd — 8:10pm EST
- Friday, May 23rd — 8:10pm EST
- Saturday, May 24th — 2:10pm EST
New York is a much steadier entity when it comes to pitching, which is one of the reasons they find themselves straddled atop the wonky AL East as of this writing. The general consensus about the Yankees is that they have a ton of depth and talent in the stable, it just hasn’t produced yet. Eventually a pitching staff that gives up a 4.07 ERA (21st in the league) will improve and there are signs of life out there. They just need more quality starts and the pedigree they possess suggests they’ll get them eventually.
The Yankees will enter the MLB Series of the Week with handsome betting odds as the road team, and have done enough to earn your trust as under these circumstances. They’ve averaged a pretty solid 3.8 runs per game in their last 5 roadies against the Brewers and the Mets and have consistently produced at the plate and remained in tight games throughout.
Part of it is that there’s evident roster quality on New York’s order, and while they’re often over analyzed and dissected unfairly, the Yankees have a proven ability to get on base and constantly terrorize bad pitching staffs. Even though Chicago boasts some stiffer bats and a better scoring average, you need to take New York against the MLB Series of the Week betting odds because the White Sox don’t have a single pitcher worth trusting against good hitting teams.