Monday, August 24, 2015
U.S. Cellular Field
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
Probable Pitchers: Joe Kelly (6-6) vs. Jeff Samardzija (8-9)
The Boston Red Sox head to U.S. Cellular Field on Monday to take on the Chicago White Sox. The probable starters are Joe Kelly for the Red Sox and Jeff Samardzija for the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Boston at +121 and Chicago at -131. The over/under was set at 8. The Red Sox, with a 55-68 run line record, cover the spread 45% of the time. They also have a 64-53 over/under record. The White Sox have a 56-61 over/under record and a 61-60 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 50% of the time.
The Red Sox head into this matchup with a 56-67 record, including 23-36 on the road. Joe Kelly has an earned run average of 5.37 and is 6-6 so far on the season while having a 1.50 WHIP. In his starts, the Red Sox are 9-11 over his 105.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 119 hits during those innings. The Red Sox are also 11-8 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 5.2 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 406 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 4.26. Teams are hitting .262 against the bullpen while being struck out 346 times and walking 137 times this season. As a team, Boston has allowed 9.38 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.56 batters per nine. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.59.
As a team, Boston is batting .265, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .236 average away from home. The Red Sox on-base percentage sits at .326, which puts them at 5th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .412. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.2 hits per game and Xander Bogaerts leads the team with 144.
With a 30-28 home record, Chicago will hope to improve on their 58-63 overall mark. Jeff Samardzija is starting this game 8-9 for the season with an earned run average of 4.64 and a WHIP of 1.25. In his starts, the White Sox are 11-14 and he has allowed 179 hits over 170.2 innings pitched this season. The White Sox are also 14-10 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4.1 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 312 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.47. Teams are hitting .251 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 305 times and walking 128 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.93 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.43 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 3.94.
As a team, they are batting .250, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .243 average at home. The White Sox on-base percentage sits at .305, which puts them at 24th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .381. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.55 hits per game and Jose Abreu leads the team with 132.
In terms of team defense, the Red Sox have a fielding percentage of .984 with 74 total errors, 1,234 assists and 3,286 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .984 team fielding percentage while committing 73 errors, accumulating 1221 assists and compiling 3,252 put outs.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 64-53 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 55-68 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 56-61 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 61-60 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
08/23/15 3B Brock Holt Oblique "?" Monday vs. Chicago White Sox
08/15/15 P Steven Wright Concussion 7-day DL (8/15)
08/11/15 P Koji Uehara Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/8), out for season
08/02/15 P Rick Porcello Tricep Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/30)
07/25/15 2B Dustin Pedroia Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/23)
07/11/15 P Clay Buchholz Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (7/11)
05/29/15 P Brandon Workman Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/3)
05/28/15 P Anthony Varvaro Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/29)
05/13/15 P Justin Masterson Arm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/13)
04/04/15 C Christian Vazquez Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/30), out for season
Chicago White Sox
07/08/15 P Javy Guerra Suspension expected to miss 50 games
04/06/15 SS Justin Sellers Heel Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Tony Sink
Get all of Today's MLB Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert MLB Picks