The Boston Red Sox will head west to face the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. NBC Sports Chicago will be showing this AL showdown and the opening pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.
Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox Odds
Vegas is listing Boston (-190) as the favorite over Chicago (+180). The total sits at 9.5 runs and bettors can wager on the over for -105 and the under for -115. The game’s runline odds stand at -135 for taking the Red Sox -1.5 runs and +115 for the White Sox +1.5 runs.
The Red Sox have gone 92-42 SU this year and are 79-54 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 30.6 units for moneyline gamblers and 24.3 units ATS. Boston has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The White Sox, on the other hand, are 53-80 SU and 68-64 ATS. The team’s lost 12.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.8 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.
Chicago games have a 64-62-6 over/under record in 2018. Boston has an over/under record of 62-65-6.
The right-handed Rick Porcello will get the nod for Boston. Porcello is 15-7 with a 4.18 ERA and 164 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with five strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA against Chicago this year.
The White Sox are sending righty Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.85 ERA) to the mound. Giolito has 103 punchouts and 75 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.44. Giolito hasn’t faced the Red Sox yet this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.
Boston’s pitchers have allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starters own a 3.66 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.48 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.45, along with a K-per-9 of 9.52.
The Red Sox offense has slashed .270/.341/.459 on its way to 5.4 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).
Boston’s offense has been powered by J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts, who collectively have blasted 66 home runs. Martinez is slashing .337/.409/.652 with 38 home runs, 111 RBIs and 99 runs scored. Betts is hitting .340 with 28 homers, 68 RBIs, 108 runs and 26 stolen bases.
In the home-team dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff has yielded 5.2 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have a 5.00 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.48 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 9.6 K/9.
The Chicago offense is putting up 4.2 runs per contest, including 5.2 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .268/.321/.413 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.
The White Sox offense has been led by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Abreu is hitting .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs, 78 RBIs and 67 runs scored, and Sanchez’s line is .245/.314/.378 with seven homers, 46 RBIs and 50 runs scored.
The Red Sox have gained 32.5 units and are 64-38 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 47 of those games, compared to 50 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 5.5 units and are 52-48 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 49 of those games, as opposed to 46 which went under the total.
Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – OVER