The series finale between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox is set for 2:10 ET from Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. The Yankees send Nestor Cortes to the bump while the White Sox go with Michael Kopech. The White Sox will be looking for a split of the 4-game series on Sunday.
Yankees Surging Through First 30+ GamesThere were many questions surrounding the Yankees’ starting rotation heading into the 2022 season. Nestor Cortes has helped silence some of the critics with his 1.41 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over six starts this season. Cortes has been a reliable arm for New York, throwing 32.0 innings this year and posting a 1-1 record. His 1.41 ERA is second best in the Majors amongst qualified pitchers. The left-hander is coming off of a great outing against the Rangers where he went 7.1 innings of scoreless baseball and allowed just a single hit. The surging Yankees lost their first game in six games on Saturday and will look to take 3 out of 4 from the ChiSox with a win on Sunday.
On the board courtesy of Big G 💪 pic.twitter.com/o1OFzlPIsl— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 15, 2022
The Yankees have been the top offense in baseball this season – they’re crushing the ball this year. New York has the best OPS in the league (.755) and they’ve blasted a league leading 48 home runs over 32 games. Additionally, the Bronx Bombers have been able to hit for average, where they’re the seventh ranked team in the MLB with a .246 batting average. Aaron Judge leads the way for New York with 12 home runs while Giancarlo Stanton has 10 long balls and a team leading 30 RBI’s.
White Sox Treading Water Early in 2022Similar to Nestor Cortes, Michael Kopech has been a very durable arm for the White Sox through the first 20% of the season. The right-handed flamethrower has yet to record a win yet, but he has a 0.93 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over six starts. Kopech hasn’t allowed a run over 10.0 innings pitched in May and he picked up a quality start last time out. He threw 6.0 innings in a no-decision against the Guardians on Monday and allowed no earned runs on two hits and a pair of free passes. The White Sox bounced back on Saturday with a 3-2 win. After coughing up a 2-1 lead in the 9th, Luis Robert singled off Yankees' closer Aroldis Chapman to drive in Tim Anderson for the winning run.
Clutch. pic.twitter.com/raBGIRzd3W— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 15, 2022
There have been plenty of injuries to take the blame for the White Sox’ lack of offensive production this season. They’re hitting just .227 as a team, which ranks 23rd in the league. Their OPS is also in the bottom third of the league, sitting at .640 (25th). The most stabilizing force for Chicago this season has been Tim Anderson. The star infielder is batting .327 and leads the team in home runs (4) and RBI’s (12) through 27 games played. The Sox are still awaiting for Jose Abreu to wake up in 2022, as the slugger is hitting just .202 with three long balls so far
- White Sox are 23-9 in their last 32 home games vs. a left-handed starter (per covers.com).
- White Sox are 7-3 in their last 10 overall (per covers.com).
- Yankees are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series (per covers.com).
- Over is 4-0 in Yankees last 4 overall (per covers.com).