The 6-7 White Sox travel to Boston for a three-game series over the weekend against the 9-4 Red Sox. Chicago is coming off a series against the Indians in which they split four games, including a 4-2 loss for the White Sox on Thursday night. Boston started the season getting swept by the Orioles before rattling off nine wins in a row before that streak was snapped on Thursday against the Twins in a 4-3 loss. Weather could play a factor in this one with rain expected throughout the day. But the forecast calls for it to be a light rain that hopefully will not last long enough to cause a delay and should be finished prior to the first pitch.
About the White Sox
Chicago ranks eighth in the American League in runs scored per game at five and seventh in runs allowed per game at only 3.8. Those are the statistics of a team that obviously should be over .500. The White Sox, however, are not. A main reason why has been the lack of production from 2020 American League MVP Jose Abreu.
Abreuwho is batting .184 thus far this season. Third baseman Yoan Moncada has not provided any offensive spark either, batting below .200 as well. Starting shortstop and 2019 American League batting champion Tim Anderson was placed on the 10-day Injured List after suffering a hamstring injury on April 4. Anderson returned to the lineup on Thursday and went 2-for-5, instantly providing the production this White Sox lineup so desperately needs. The bright spot for Chicago in April has been the emergence of catcher Yermin Mercedes, who is batting .476 with three home runs and ten RBIs in only 42 at bats. Once Abreu, Moncada and Anderson all get going this season, no one is going to want to play this team.
About the Red Sox
Boston is leading the American League East two weeks into the season, just like everyone thought they would be after opening the season getting swept by Baltimore, right? Hardly. This team has surprised some folks by playing some of the best baseball in the majors over the past week and a half largely because of the resurgence of right fielder J.D. Martinez.
Martinez is batting .378 with five home runs through 11 games. Shortstop Xander Bogarts also is batting north of .370 and third baseman Rafael Devers has five home runs. Center fielder Alex Verdugo is batting .345 over his last seven games with two home runs and nine RBI. The hot starts of all of these players are why the Red Sox are second in the major leagues in runs scored per game, hits per game, and batting average. The pitching staff has been middle of the road with a 3.56 ERA, but when you can hit like these guys have, middle of the road pitching is going to win you a lot of ballgames. The question is: Just how long can they keep this up at the plate?
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Chicago White Sox||+1½ (-195)||-105||O 9 (-105)|
|Boston Red Sox||-1½ (+165)||-115||U 9 (-115)|
The Pitching Matchup
Right-hander Dylan Cease will toe the rubber for the White Sox. Cease has yet to get past the fifth inning this season, but still boasts a solid 3.86 ERA to go with nine strikeouts. Boston is turning to a right-hander of its own in Nick Pivetta, who is 2-0 this season with a 3.27 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched. Pivetta was sharpest in his first outing, holding the Rays scoreless in five innings of work and surrendering only two hits.
The White Sox have too many great hitters in their lineup to be held down for too long and Friday night feels like the perfect time for a breakout game. Back two elite offenses to get into a slugfest at Fenway Park and combine for double-digit runs scored.