The Boston Red Sox poured it on against the Miami Marlins last night. After struggling to put away the Marlins the night before, the Red Sox left nothing to chance Wednesday night. Boston put up 11 runs in one inning alone and dispatched the Marlins by a score of 14-6. The news of the night was the injury to David Price.
Price took a line drive off his wrist and had to exit the contest. It’d be a blow if it’s a serious injury that keeps him out for an extended period of time. If he broke it, he can ask Aaron Judge how fun it is coming back from a wrist injury. Initial tests came back as negative, but he’s going to need further evaluation to determine the extent of his injury.
The offense put down the hammer last night, though. They have a tendency to explode offensively like that, but if they go cold in the postseason it’s not going to mean much. They have so many capable bats that it’s going to be unlikely that they hit a cold streak all at the same time, though. They are certainly going to need the offense if they are without Price. Mookie Betts led the Sox with 3 RBI’s on 4-for-3 hitting.
The Red Sox head to Chicago to challenge a White Sox team with nothing to play for. Nevertheless, they’ve been playing solid baseball recently. They are winners in five of their last six games, including two of three against the Yankees. The Red Sox are thankful that the White Sox helped them out, but now it’s time to try and do what the Yankees couldn’t. Rick Porcello is scheduled to get the start for the Red Sox, while the White Sox turn to Lucas Giolito. Get our free Red Sox vs. White Sox pick with the rest of our writeup below.
Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox Pick
Rick Porcello (15-7, 4.18 ERA) vs. Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.85 ERA)
Porcello has steadily regressed since winning the Cy Young in 2016. While there is debate around whether deGrom should win a Cy Young in the National League with his record. Porcello’s record was essentially the reason why he won it then. He went 22-4 and was untouchable at home, despite finishing with a 3.15 ERA which doesn’t look like a Cy Young. Porcello has lost plenty of his luster at Fenway. He’s been solid on the road, though, with a 3.70 ERA compared to an ERA of 4.74 at home. In any event, if the offense keeps mashing the ball like they did last night, it’s not going to matter if Porcello is elite or average.
Giolito would much rather be away from Chicago. There must be something about that mound, because Giolito holds an ERA of 8.18 with a 1.71 WHIP and .384 OBA at home in 2018. In his last 9.1 innings in Chicago, he’s allowed 12 runs and 15 hits. He’s had some notably horrific performances at home. Giolito was torched for 9 runs earlier in the season against the Astros, 7 to the Orioles, 5 allowed against the Tigers, and the Yankees scored 7 on him. Now he must handle the best offense in the majors who have woken up after a few bad performances against Tampa. Overall, Giolito has been shaky with an ERA of 5.85 and 1.44 WHIP. Don’t expect another 14 runs up on the board for the Red Sox tonight, but they should manage to win by 2 runs or more.