Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox Free Preview

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The Boston Red Sox are set to face off against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. NBC Sports Chicago will showcase this AL matchup and the game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET.

Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox Odds

Boston (-175) is favored over Chicago (+165) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this one at 9.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total sit at -125 for the over and +105 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds sitting at -120 for the Red Sox -1.5 runs and +100 for the White Sox +1.5 runs.

The Red Sox are 94-43 SU and are 81-55 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 30.9 units for moneyline gamblers and 25.2 units ATS. Boston has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The White Sox, on the other hand, are 54-82 SU and 70-65 ATS. The team has lost 9.6 units for moneyline bettors and 0.8 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven.

Neither side has positioned itself as an obvious over/under bet this year. Chicago games have an over/under record of 65-64-6 in 2018. Boston has an over/under record of 64-66-6.

Brian Johnson is getting the start for the visiting Red Sox. The southpaw Johnson is 4-3 with a 4.02 ERA and 78 strikeouts. He has yet to face the White Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The White Sox are sending righty James Shields (5-15, 4.54 ERA) to the mound. Shields has 135 strikeouts and 67 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.30. Shields only made one start against the Red Sox in 2017 (0-1, 4.50 ERA and six strikeouts across six innings).

Chicago’s pitching staff has given up 5.2 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The club’s starters have an ERA of 4.96, a WHIP of 1.38 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.7. The bullpen has a 4.57 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 9.6 K/9.

Chicago’s hitters are putting up 4.2 runs per contest, including 4.6 per game over its last 10 games and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .257/.306/.392 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The White Sox hitters have been led by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Abreu is slashing .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs, 78 RBIs and 67 runs scored, while Sanchez’s line is .250/.317/.381 with seven homers, 46 RBIs, 52 runs and 12 stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Boston’s pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starters own a 3.69 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.55 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.41, along with a K-per-9 of 9.65.

The Red Sox offense has slashed .269/.340/.459 on its way to 5.4 runs scored per game this season, including 6.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

Boston’s hitters have been led by J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts, who’ve collectively belted 68 home runs. Martinez is slashing .335/.405/.647 with 39 home runs, 115 RBIs and 100 runs scored, while Betts is slashing .342/.431/.640 with 29 homers, 70 RBIs, 110 runs and 26 steals.

The Red Sox have gained 32.9 units and are 66-39 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 49 of those games, compared to 51 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 4.6 units and are 17-16 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in 15 of those games, compared to 17 that went under the total.

Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in just two of Boston’s last seven games.
  • The Red Sox have won four of their last five games SU.
  • The Boston defense has allowed two errors over the last 10 games, compared to seven errors for Chicago over its last 10.
  • The Red Sox have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.