Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox 4/18

The New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox will continue their three-game set this week in the Bronx with the middle game of the series tonight inside Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have been pretty dominant at home this season and the team presumably hopes to keep the good times rolling tonight with a victory over the Sox. The Yankees will send Luis Severino to the mound looking to do just that for New York while the White Sox will counter with an old thorn in the Yankees side from his Baltimore days, Miguel Gonzalez.

Severino had easily his best start of the season last time out when he struck out a career-high 11 Tampa Bay Rays picking up his first victory as a starter since the 2015 season. Severino had a good fastball and slider but his changeups were also keeping batters off-balanced all day long. It is starts like this that make me shake my head when anyone questions whether the Yankees should give him every opportunity to fail as a starter or if they should simply delegate him to bullpen duties for the remainder of his career and tenure here.

Gonzalez as stated above has been a thorn in the Yankees side ever since he broke into the league and this was never more evident than his last start against the club on July 6, 2016. In the start Gonzalez completely shut down the Yankees with seven shutout innings in a 5-0 White Sox victory, although that start came at home and not inside Yankee Stadium where Gonzalez has allowed 8 ER in his last two games against the Yankees.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on television on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB TV. You can also follow along with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman in your cars and on the radio with WFAN. As always, Go Yankees!

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