Doug Fister makes only his sixth start of the season today, as he continues to try and stay relevant. Injuries have taken a tole on him, and it’s apparent he most likely isn’t going to find the fountain of youth. Since 2014, his numbers have taken a hit for the worse. Fister pitched a full-slate with the Astros last season and not much materialized for him. The Red Sox are going to be in a pressure cooker the rest of the way and a solid start by Fister here and there may end up being a difference maker. Boston currently owns a 3-game lead in the AL East. They’ve gone 7-3 in their last ten games to give them a little bit of breathing room between the Yankees.
The White Sox are playing out of the basement in the AL Central. You probably forgot by now, but the White Sox were playing atop of the division early on. Too bad the first two months of the season doesn’t mean much. The White Sox are now 18 games back, well behind of the division and a wildcard.
The only thing they can do now is try and spoil a few plans for others. It feels like that’s been the August/September agenda for the White Sox the past decade. With the departure of Chris Sale, there weren’t many expectations coming into this year, anyway. They did a good job fooling some people over the first month, though.
The White Sox went into the basement, and then went into septic tank. They hold a record of 41-67 and once again on a losing streak. This time the White Sox are on a five-game losing streak, which isn’t as bad as the eight-game losing streak they went on right after the All-Star break. Yes, the White Sox have won just 3 games since the break.
For those keeping score, their 3-18 run began on July 14th and is on pace to lose yet another win today against the Red Sox. Their pitching has been putrid, which of course, wasn’t going to get any better with the departure of Sale. Mike Pelfrey will look to stop the bleeding on Sunday. Get our free White Sox vs. Red Sox pick below.
Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Mike Pelfrey (3-9, 5.04 ERA) vs. Doug Fister (1-5, 5.18 ERA)
Pelfrey, for his standards, went deep against the Blue Jays in his last outing. He eclipsed the 5 inning mark for the first time since June 17th. It didn’t matter much, though, as he had trouble navigating the Blue Jays’ lineup. He allowed 6 runs and 7 hits across 5.2 innings. The start before that wasn’t much better, as the Cubs mashed him for 5 runs in 5 innings. His ERA is 5.89 with a 1.66 WHIP in his last three starts. Getting mashed has become pretty familiar to Pelfrey, just like the rest of the starting rotation.
Fister has won just 1 game in five starts this season. He came back on June 25th and has been trying to find some traction. It’s been difficult for him to stay in games. Note that he’s pitched for an average of just 3.8 innings since coming back. Overall, his ERA is 5.18, so the Red Sox have been quick to pull the plug on him before things get overly nasty. I expect nothing but runs today at Fenway. A pick on the OVER looks favorable on Sunday.
PICK: OVER 10.5 (-110)