Division Leaders Square off as Chicago White Sox Host New York Yankees

The Chicago White Sox (66-55, 33-26 home) will look to build upon last night’s series-opening win against the New York Yankees (72-50, 33-26 away) in Game 2 tonight at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. With game time slated for 8:10 PM ET and both teams needing a crucial win to stave off advancing divisional rivals, we’re expecting a great match-up for online sports betting tonight, and a great opportunity to catch two of the top hitting teams in Major League Baseball slug it out in a favorable contest for each team’s set of big bats.

For the Yankees, finding some confidence in tonight’s starter Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.76 ERA) is key, as the young right-hander has struggled mightily since the All-Star break. While Nova has pitched very well against Chicago in his brief career to-date (2-0, 1.33 ERA in 4 starts against the White Sox), giving up just 1 run in each of the 4 outings he’s had against them, he’s in need of a solid performance tonight after getting just 1 win in his last 7 starts and posting an ERA of 7.02 since the break. Both the fact that he’s facing Chicago, and the fact that he’s on the road work in his favor tonight however, as he’s posted a 3.76 ERA with a 8-2 record while away from Yankee Stadium, but he’ll need to be careful against a hard-hitting line-up like the ChiSox have, which despite the lack of run production levied against him (1 home run, 3 RBIs), still have managed to produce a .284 batting average over 81 total at-bats. With Chicago showing their power last night in a 9-6 win in which they went deep 4 times courtesy of Dewayne Wise, Gordon Beckham, Alexei Ramirez and Adam Dunn, Nova better pick his head up and expect the Sox to be swinging for the fences once again, knowing there’s a struggling pitcher on the hill.

On the flip side for Chicago, Franciso Liriano (4-10, 5.22 ERA) gets his 4th start for his new club after earning his first win in a month and a half with a solid outing against Toronto last week. Despite one rough outing two weeks ago in which he gave up 6 runs in 3 1/3 innings against Oakland, Liriano has otherwise been a solid addition to the Chicago rotation, giving up no more than 2 runs in 3 out of 4 starts. His record against the Yankees however leaves something to be desired, as he’s been hammered once this season (5 runs on 7 hits in 2 1/3 innings), and is just 1-3 in 6 previous starts despite posting a 3.22 ERA against the Bronx Bombers. He’ll need to watch out for guys like Derek Jeter, coming off a 4-for-5 night (.316 against Liriano), and expect to get hit well against a Yankees team that is 26-17 against lefties this year. If he can stick to a routine of keeping the ball down and generate more ground balls than flies, he should be able to hang tough for 5 or 6 innings. However if Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson or Mark Teixeira come through with retaliatory deep shots tonight, Liriano could once again be on the outs after just 2-3 innings. Expect the first half of the game to very much influence the outcome tonight, with both sides needing to come out strong and pick up a win in a critical match-up.

Betting Lines for the Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees at TopBet sportsbook.

The money line for tonight’s Game 2 clash is tight, with both sides earning -105 odds to win straight up. New York is now 6-4 in their last 10 games after last night’s loss to Chicago, while the Sox improved to 5-5 in their last 10 games. New York has traded wins and losses for the past 5 games, while Chicago has been up and down in the past week, winning the final 3 games of a 4-game set from Toronto before getting swept by Kansas City. Chicago looks to be on the upswing after a big outing last night, and with a couple of shaky pitchers on the mound, the home team in their home park seems to be a great bet to chase.

For the spread, the Yankees get + 1 ½ runs at -200 odds as a very slight underdog. In the Yankees’ last 5 losses, just once have they been within a run of their opposition, which may point to bettors looking for a better line to look into on this match-up. For the White Sox, who have to cover – 1 ½ runs to earn +170 odds, they beat the spread last night, but failed to do so in all games against Kansas City in the previous series. However, when the ChiSox do win, they’ve covered the spread in 7 out of the last 10 games.

Lastly for the over/under tonight, the bookmakers at TopBet have left some room for two questionable starters to work with, showing 9 runs as the over/under mark, with -110 odds going either way. In Chicago’s last 5 games, the total runs have gone over 3 times, whereas in New York’s last 5 games, the total runs have gone over just twice. With a 15-run Game 1 though consisting of better pitching than tonight’s match-up, our money is going with the over bet here, banking on some big, crooked numbers coming up for both teams.