Tough night for the Boston Red Sox in Chicago on Friday night. They went in with some confidence after blasting the White Sox, 9-4, the night prior. The offense got it going late to pull away and make it an easy win. However, the offense wasn’t interesting in playing Friday night. The White Sox earned a 6-1 win to take advantage of a rare night off for the Red Sox. Despite the loss, the Red Sox are in full control of the American League East.
Barring something miraculous, the Red Sox will be able to crawl to the finish line and still win. The Yankees were able to gain a game on the Red Sox with a 7-5 win over the Tigers a night ago, but there’s a lot of work left with a 7.5-game hole. The Yanks look primed to go to the play-in game as a wildcard.
They added Andrew McCutchen to add a capable bat to the mix. It was a good move, but that move alone doesn’t put them ahead of the Red Sox. Give me the slew of hitters on the Red Sox over McCutchen. However, if Aaron Judge and goes off, a 1-2-3 punch of Stanton, Judge, and McCutchen is pretty impressive.
There was nothing impressive about the Red Sox loss last night. Nothing was working for them, from the offense to the pitching. The White Sox got to Eovaldi early in the 1st with 3 runs. He is not the same pitcher on the road than at home and that was evident again Friday. The ball will go to Eduardo Rodriguez tonight, as he makes his first start since July 14th. It was tough for Rodriguez to accept an injury when he was on fire before he left. He would give the club a boost if he can jump right back in and pitch the same way. The White Sox will counter with Carlos Rodon. Get our free Red Sox vs. White Sox pick and the rest of the writeup below.
Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox Pick
Eduardo Rodriguez (11-3, 3.44 ERA) vs. Carlos Rodon (6-3, 2.70 ERA)
Eduardo Rodriguez did not want to go to the DL back in July. It had to happen when he was the hottest he’s ever been in his career. Rodriguez hadn’t allowed a run 3 outings, spanning across 17 innings pitched. He allowed just an average of 3.3 hits per game as well. In his last three starts before getting pushed to the DL, he posted a 0.00 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and .215 OBA.
It appears that his ankle is healed up and should be back to 100 percent on the mound. The White Sox have been clueless against Rodriguez, as they are hitting only .133 in 30 at-bats. No one in the lineup has gone deep against E-Rod thus far.
Carlos has been a bright spot for the White Sox in what has been an otherwise rough season. Rodon heads into a tough matchup against the Red Sox with an ERA of 2.70 and 3.00 ERA in his last three outings. He hasn’t allowed much at home, with a 1.71 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. However, Rodon has been relatively average against the Red Sox.
Boston are hitting .267 with a .315 OBP in 86 at-bats. Xander Bogaerts has gone 4-for-8 against Rodon, Ian Kinsler is hitting .364, and Jackie Bradley has been good enough for a .429 batting average vs Rodon. Rodon catches the best offense in baseball after a poor showing last night. It’s even rarer to see them failing to hit in back-to-back games. I like the Red Sox to come back strong and down the White Sox by 2 or more runs Saturday.