Boston Red Sox at Chicago White Sox Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/14/2014
Tuesday, April 15, 8:10 PM on NESN, WCIU
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
Boston - Peavy, J (0-0) vs. Chicago - Johnson, E (0-1)
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Jake Peavy (0-0) returns to the place he spent 5 seasons before changing Sox as Boston visits Chicago and Erik Johnson (0-1). Peavy is yet to get in the win column despite pitching well, posting an ERA of just 2.13 so far in 2014. His first start was a 6 inning performance in which he gave up just 2 runs but the Red Sox eventually dropped a 2-6 game to Milwaukee. The last time out he gave up 1 run on 3 hits through 6.2 but again failed to get the win after leaving a 1-1 game.
Peavy went from Chicago to Boston on July 31st and made a start against his old team a month later, going 7 innings and allowing just 2 runs in a 7-2 Red Sox win. Peavy has faced some of his old teammates before, mainly Adam Dunn, who has just 5 hits in 31 AB with 11 K's. Only Jeff Keppinger has seen him more than 3 times though, going 2 for 10 as a member of the Rays.
Erik Johnson is still looking for his first win as a full-time starter after allowing 11 runs in 10.1 innings this year. Johnson couldn't get out of the 5th after giving up 7 ER to the Royals in his season debut but fared a little better while allowing 4 runs to the Rockies April 9th. He aims to lower the season 9.58 ERA if the White Sox have any chance Tuesday.
As a September callup a year ago Johnson did not face the Red Sox. He did go 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA which had given White Sox management some optimism for this year, which so far hasn't panned out.
Boston Betting Trends
Boston is 3-10-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Boston is -0.5
Chicago Betting Trends
Chicago is 9-4-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago is +0.3
Injuries to Watch
04/14/14 2B Dustin Pedroia Wrist doubtful Tuesday vs. Chicago White Sox
04/12/14 P Koji Uehara Shoulder out indefinitely
04/09/14 P Steven Wright Hernia 60-day DL (3/21)
04/06/14 3B Will Middlebrooks Calf 15-day DL (4/5)
03/31/14 RF Shane Victorino Hamstring 15-day DL (3/30)
04/10/14 RF Avisail Garcia Shoulder 15-day DL (4/9); out for season
04/04/14 P Nate Jones Hip 15-day DL (4/4)
03/30/14 2B Gordon Beckham Oblique 15-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 2B Jeff Keppinger Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take Boston
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