June 29 Prediction: Two Players Attempt to Hit Their Stride, Cessa vs Shields

The New York Yankees won, 12-3, against the Chicago White Sox in their last game at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Yankees’ recalled pitcher Luis Cessa (0-2, 6.57 ERA) will face off against Sox’s James Shields (1-1, 4.26 ERA) for both their teams’ third game at the same venue. Both pitchers are aiming to get their stride off as they continue to heal from their recent injuries.


Cessa’s latest career highlight was when he struck out 8 batters in five innings despite their loss in a match against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. He was able to perform well during that game despite a recurring left hamstring strain. His slider is one of his reliable pitches with 21.5% of batter’s swings ending up in whiffs.

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Luis Cessa, Photo Credit: MSN


Shields got hit hard in his second outing since coming off a strained right lat and an inflamed right shoulder, giving up six runs in three-plus innings while allowing multiple home runs as a starter for the first time all season against Oakland. His curve ball is currently his main weapon with a 25% chance of ending in a swing and a miss.

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James Shields, Photo Credit: Sun Times Media



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Sox’s Adam Engel has a decent .319/.360/.511 stat line and a .871 OPS with 8 runs. He does fairly well with a .429 AVG against sliders for the whole season.


Adam Engel, Photo Credit: MLB


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On the other hand, Yankees’ Aaron Judge’s has an above average stat line of .333/.449/.704 and a 1.153 OPS with 27 homers. He hit 3 homers out of curve balls this season with a .423 AVG and a .962 slugging rate.


Aaron Judge, Photo Credit: MLB



If the Yankees can take advantage of their overpowered offense and avoid making any errors defensively, then it’s another win for New York. However, the Sox can make the game interesting if Shields outperforms Cessa and manages to whiffout some of their best batters like Judge but that’ll be a tall order.

Projected Winner: Yankees

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