By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
W2W4: New York Yankees vs Chicago White Sox
The New York Yankees will be heading into the Windy City after a disappointing series loss against the San Diego Padres, and one Monday night they will be looking to regroup and win their final series against the Chicago White Sox on their road-trip.
- Pitching Match-Ups
On Monday night in Game 1 of the three-game series it will be a match-up of two lefties, as Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) will be facing Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62). Game 2 will have both teams aces on the mound, as Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) will be facing Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92) in what should be a great pitchers duel. In Game 3 the Yankees will be sending the struggling C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) to the mound, as if he is going to get back on track after three horrendous starts, the White Sox are the team to do that against, and his opposing Pitcher will be Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28).
- Return of Alex Rodriguez
Yankees Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez is expected to be making his debut on Monday night, despite being suspended thru the 2014 season, which he is going to be appealing. Getting even a distracted, rusty, Rodriguez back in the lineup should be a huge boost to the Third Base position, as with the injury to Kevin Youkilis, the Yankees have seen close to zero production coming from their Third Baseman. This season the Yankees Third Baseman have combined to be hitting just .215 with four home runs, and 32 RBIs, which are just awful stats.
- Keep It Going Granderson.
Curtis Granderson had a great first series back from the disabled list against the Padres, as in the three-game series Granderson went three for nine with a home run, three RBIs, three walks, and one stolen base. The White Sox will be starting three lefties in the series, so it would be hard to expect Granderson to put up similar stats in this series than he did against San Diego, but his bat being back in the lineup is a welcomed sight.
- Nightmare Season for Jeter
A really tough season for Derek Jeter might be getting even worse, as he sat the final two games of the Padres series due to a calf strain, which makes his availability against the White Sox pretty doubtful, as he maybe heading back to the DL once again. Jeter clearly looked gimpy playing Shortstop on Friday night, so the Yankees will have to make the decision of whether or not Jeter needs to go back on the DL.