7:05 PM ET, September 3, 2013
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
Chicago: Sale (10-12, 2.99 ERA)
New York: Kuroda (11-10, 2.89 ERA)
Hiroki Kuroda has been a favorite of online sports betting fans for the majority of the season. However, the New York Yankees most reliable starting pitcher has begun to be a problem.
Tonight Kuroda will try to recover from another subpar showing when he is sent to the mount to face the weak Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees (73-64) scored eight times in the fourth inning en route to a 9-1 victory in Monday’s series opener for their 11th win in 13 home games. Derek Jeter had a run-scoring single to stop an 0-for-14 slide and had two RBIs, while Alfonso Soriano drove in his 37th run in 35 games since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs.
The Bronx Bombers would love to impress YouWager experts, currently standing in contention for the AL’s second wild card, and have improved to 16-8 since being swept in a three-game series versus the slumping White Sox (56-80) in Chicago last month.
Manager Joe Girardi would definitely like if Kuroda (11-10, 2.89 ERA) would really bounce back.
The 38 year-old shut down the Los Angles Angels on Aug. 12 to win his team-best 11th game and lower his ERA to 2.33, the best in the rotation. Kuroda has lost each of his three starts since, even while posting an 8.10 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .382.
The native of Osaka has allowed career highs of seven runs in each of his last two outings, and lasted five innings in Wednesday’s 7-2 defeat versus the Toronto Blue Jays.
The White Sox have plated 12 runs while batting .220 during a four-game losing streak, and is the AL’s lowest-scoring team with 514 runs. No. 2 hitter Gordon Beckham is mired in a 2-for-23 slump and cleanup hitter Adam Dunn is 1 for 17 in his last five MLB baseball games.
Paul Konerko, who hit his 432nd homer Monday, is 2 for 10 lifetime versus Kuroda.
Kuroda allowed three runs in seven innings in a 3-2 defeat at Chicago on Aug. 6. The right-hander has a 1.93 ERA in two starts versus the White Sox with New York.
Chicago will counter with Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) who outdueled Kuroda back in August, yielding an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings, and he owns a 0.60 ERA in two starts in the series.
The 24 year-old pitched eight innings of one-run ball while striking out 12 in Wednesday’s 6-1 win versus the Houston Astros, recovering from being tagged for eight runs in seven innings in a defeat versus the Texas Rangers.