Yankees lineup vs. White Sox & American League World Series and pennant odds

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday's series finale lineup vs. White Sox and the Yankees' updated odds of winning the AL pennant and World Series.

The Yankees go for a sweep of the White Sox tonight with CC Sabathia on the mound against Erik Johnson making his MLB debut.

Hey, a good lineup! There is really nothing to complain about here. Austin Romine gets the start over Chris Stewart and the outfield features the three best defenders on the team without sacrificing the hot bat of Alfonso Soriano. None of the Yankees have ever faced Johnson, obviously, but this team showed last night that they do have the ability to hit even the best MLB has to offer. If they can hit Chris Sale, even if it was only late in the game, they should be able to handle a right-handed pitcher making his debut.

After moving to within 2.5 games of a Wild Card spot, the Yankees' chances of taking home the American League pennant have improved to 12/1, according to the betting site, Bovada.lv. Considering that they were left for dead months ago, that's not too terrible. Their chances are just higher than the Baltimore Orioles' (14/1) and well ahead of the Cleveland Indians' chances (25/1). The two teams they are chasing (Rays and Athletics) both stand at 6/1 odds to represent the AL in the World Series.

As far as the World Series goes, Bovada has the Yankees' chances at winning it all at 25/1, again just ahead of the Orioles' 28/1 odds and just behind the Rays' 14/1 odds. The Dodgers are the absolute favorites to take home Baseball's biggest prize at 13/4 odds. Do you think these sound about right or would you give the Yankees a better or worse chance of making it. as things currently stand? A good series against the Red Sox this weekend could dramatically change the landscape even further, hopefully for the better.

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