For Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday night’s match up against the New York Yankees is yet another opportunity to play the role of spoiler. For the Yankees —who currently sit three games out of a playoff spot— tonight is a chance to take a step toward reaching the postseason for the fifth straight year.
Coming off of a massive beating from the Bronx Bombers Monday afternoon in New York, the White Sox head into Tuesday’s series finale losers of four straight and are trying to avoid their second consecutive sweep. Sale, on the other hand, is coming off of an impressive August, where he won four of his six starts.
In five career outings against the Yankees, Sale has enjoyed nothing but success, posting a 2-0 record to go along with a 0.49 ERA. Tonight, however, will be the young left-hander’s first time starting at Yankee Stadium.
Opposing Sale will be New York’s top hurler Hiroki Kuroda. The 38-year-old right-hander has struggled as of late, winning just one game in the last month. However, he’s been brilliant at home in 2013, going 7-2 with a 1.54 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.
Given the playoff implications for New York and the fact two aces will do battle, tonight’s contest figures to be full of intensity. Tonight is also the last meeting between this two team’s for the 2013 season.