Having dispatched the Orioles, the Yankees arrived home to take on the Chicago White Sox. These two teams met earlier this month, when the Bombers swept the series at Guaranteed Rate Field. That was a good time, but how do these two teams stack up now?
Game one: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Carlos Rodon
Tanaka is having a solid, if unspectacular, campaign in 2018. He’s logged 3.90 ERA (4.50 FIP) over 120 innings pitched. That’s fine, but it leaves you wanting more. I’m waiting for another run where Tanaka hits his stride and dominates for a stretch. He had one when he came off the disabled list in July, and I could go for another. The right-hander did not face the White Sox when the two teams previously met.
Rodon, meanwhile, aruagbly represents the lone bright spot in Chicago’s rotation. The left-hander owns a 2.71 ERA (4.27 FIP) across 86.1 innings pitched. The 25-year-old has been even better in August, pitching to a 1.61 ERA with a 3.69 FIP on the month. His peripherals aren’t anything special, but he finds a way to make it work. The Yankees missed him earlier this month.
Game two: Lance Lynn vs. James Shields
Lynn’s overall season numbers, a 4.84 ERA with a 4.17 FIP, don’t inspire much confidence. He’s pitched better since donning the pinstripes, however, running up a 3.81 ERA (2.04 FIP) over 26 innings. The highlight of his stay with the Yankees has been the 7.1 innings of two-hit ball he tossed against the White Sox. He registered nine strikeouts in that outing, as well. More of that, please.
Remember Big Game James? It feels like it’s been an eternity since the Yankees last faced him. Shields is but a shadow of his former self now, pitching to a 4.59 ERA (4.80 FIP) so far this season. He remains a workhorse, however, logging 170.2 innings to date. His last outing did not go well at all, as he surrendered seven runs in 6.2 innings against the Tigers.
Game three: CC Sabathia vs. Reynaldo Lopez
Sabathia came off the disabled list last week, and he didn’t miss a beat. The veteran southpaw is having a tremendous season, pitching to a 3.30 ERA with a 4.24 FIP across 125.1 innings. CC had to grind through his start in Chicago, but he tossed 5.2 innings of one-run ball. It’s a testament to his season that an outing like that feels pedestrian.
Lopez may not have impressive numbers on the year — 4.66 ERA (5.16 FIP) — but the 24-year-old has a lot of upside. The Yankees saw that first hand when he held them to one run over seven innings. The right-hander throws hard, using a fourseam fastball that averages 96.05 mph. A slider and changeup compliment the heater and make up the bulk of his arsenal.