The Sox take on the Sox in Chicago, as the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox meet at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox took the first game on Memorial Day, a 5-4 win behind David Holmberg. David Price pitched well, but the White Sox got 2 runs in the 7th inning off Matt Barnes and never looked back. The Red Sox have been playing good baseball of late, though.
Despite the loss, they’re 6-2 in their last eight games and 27-23. However, this is their second loss in a row, and in danger of another. They’ve been streaky this season and like to go on runs, both positive and negative. Before the Red Sox won six in a row, they lost three games prior to that.
It’s taken them some time to find their way without David Ortiz, but the offense is started to come around for Boston. I wouldn’t say they are the same team; however, I couldn’t see this youthful core being bunched up going into June. The one veteran leader they have in their lineup, Dustin Pedroia, left yesterday with a sprained risk, so we’ll see how that injury hinders him in the future.
He is questionable today, and I’d be surprised if we see him. Pedroia is certainly lost pop in his bat, as he’s accumulated just 2 deep balls this season. The Red Sox hope to get Pablo Sandoval back soon.
Chris Sale has been quite an asset for the Red Sox this season. He will face his former team for the first time of his career. I would say it’s going to be a bittersweet return, but for Sale I’ll say it’s a bitter return to Chicago. It wasn’t the smoothest of divorces for Sale with the White Sox.
He was fed up with them before the season even started in 2016, and his frustration boiled over into the regular season. A losing baseball team was just the tip of the iceberg. Sale looks rejuvenated and happy to be in Boston, away from the disaccord he felt in Chicago with the White Sox. All eyes will be on Sale tonight. Get our free Red Sox vs. White Sox pick at The Sports Geek.
Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox Pick
Chris Sale (5-2, 2.34 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.82 ERA)
Sale has been thrown his hat into the early Cy Young discussion. He’s been playing well for the Red Sox, as he enters tonight with an ERA of 2.34 and 0.81 WHIP. Sale has been fine on the road as well, with a 2.51 ERA and 0.87 out of Boston. He is no stranger to pitching at this park, Sale did it for seven years. He never yielded an ERA above 4.00. His last season he posted a 3.34 ERA. The worst came in 2015 with a 3.41 ERA. Not too shabby for an eight-year career.
Jose Quintana figured to be the instant ace following Sale’s departure in the White Sox rotation. He had one ugly start against his last start against the Red Sox, with 6 runs allowed on 8 hits last June in 2016. He’s been okay this season with a 4.82 ERA, but not the ace type numbers expected out of him. I expect Sale to be flawless in this game against his ex team. He’s going to be locked in, especially with the game being played in Chicago. The Red Sox should muster up enough runs to win this matchup by a few runs. A 6-3 or 5-2 win for Boston looks reasonable. The Red Sox on the RL is our MLB pick on Tuesday.
PICK: RED SOX -1.5 (-105)