Not all 10-win records are built equally. Keep that in mind when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play the Yankees in New York on Sunday. Jered Weaver is 10-1 with a 1.96 ERA and, quite frankly, couldn’t be pitching any better. He ended the first half of the season giving up just one earned run in 27 2/3 innings. He’s also nicely rested for this contest.
The Yankees’ Ivan Nova is 10-3 and while he’s thrown pretty well, he has not been as dominant as Weaver. He’s benefitted from his club’s potent offence, as evidenced by his win against this very Los Angeles team on May 30. In that game he got the win but gave up five runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. His lifetime ERA against the Angels in four starts is 5.11. Weaver will continue to shine and lead LA – on at 1.92 – to a road win against New York (1.88).
The White Sox should dispatch of the Royals when they meet up in Kansas City. The key in this game is the fact that Chris Sale is rested. The White Sox pitcher is in his first Major League season as a starter and has been phenomenal: he’s 10-2 with a 2.19 ERA. But the big concern is that the increased workload compared to his days as a reliever will tire him and impact his success. In this case, with the exception of a quick 13-pitch outing at the All-Star game, he hasn’t had to pitch in 11 days. As a result, he’ll be fresh.
The Royals’ pitcher Luis Mendoza has thrown credibly as of late, but he isn’t a match for Sale or the White Sox hitters, who rank fifth in the American League in runs scored per game. Chicago is the pick at 1.62; not the Royals at 2.30.