Wednesday, May 4, 2016
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Clay Buchholz vs. Carlos Rodon
The Boston Red Sox visit U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday to play the Chicago White Sox. The probable starters are Clay Buchholz for the Red Sox and Carlos Rodon for the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Boston at -115 and Chicago at +105. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Red Sox have a 13-11-1 over/under record and a 14-11-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 56% of the time. The White Sox are 15-11-0 against the run line and have a 8-15-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 58% of the time.
The Red Sox head into this matchup with a 15-10 record, including 7-3 on the road. Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz has a 0-3 record with an earned run average of 6.51 and a WHIP of 1.59. He has 19 strikeouts over his 27.2 innings pitched and he has given up 31 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.21. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.61 and they have given up 68 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .217 against the bullpen while being struck out 96 times and walking 37 times this season. As a team, Boston has allowed 8.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.68 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.26. The Red Sox pitchers have collectively given up 205 base hits and 107 earned runs. They have allowed 25 home runs this season and they allow 1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 93 batters and struck out 243. They walk 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 3.82.
As a team, Boston is batting .285, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .291 average away from home. The Red Sox hold a .452 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .347 which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 10.08 hits per game. David Ortiz comes into this game hitting .317 and his on-base percentage is at .417. He has 26 hits this season along with 13 runs scored and 19 runs batted in. He's struck out 16 times and has walked 14 times. Dustin Pedroia is hitting .324 and he has an on-base percentage of .371. He has totaled 35 hits so far while scoring 19 runs and he's driven in 13. He has walked 8 times and has struck out 17 times. The Red Sox have 252 hits, including 67 doubles and 21 home runs. They've stolen 22 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. Boston has walked 82 times this season and they've struck out 195 times as a unit. They've left 182 men on base and have a team OPS of .799. They score 5.36 runs per contest and have scored a total of 134 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this matchup with a 6-3 home record and a 18-8 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.33, Carlos Rodon has a 1-3 record and a 1.37 WHIP. He has 27 strikeouts over the 27 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 26 hits. He has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.74. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 1.60 and they have given up 50 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .192 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 68 times and walking 24 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 7.44 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.87 batters per nine. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 2.65. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 191 base knocks and 68 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 17 home runs this year and they give up 0.7 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 73 hitters and struck out 202. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.14 while their FIP as a staff is 3.31.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .221 average at home. The White Sox hold a .387 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.15 hits per contest. Adam Eaton comes into this matchup batting .283 and he has an OBP of .357. He has 28 hits this year along with 10 runs scored and 6 RBI. He's struck out 15 times and has walked on 8 occasions. Melky Cabrera is hitting .298 and he has an OBP of .377. He has collected 28 hits so far while he's scored 14 runs and drove in 8. He has earned a walk 12 times and has punched out 7 times. The White Sox as a unit have 212 base hits, including 39 doubles and 25 homers. They have 10 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 7 times. Chicago as a team has walked 80 times this year and they have struck out 187 times. They've had 181 men left on base and have an OPS of .701. They score 3.92 runs per game and have totaled 102 runs so far this season.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 13-11-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 14-11-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 8-15-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 15-11-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
05/03/16 3B Pablo Sandoval Shoulder 15-day DL (4/11); out for season
04/19/16 P Joe Kelly Shoulder 15-day DL (4/19)
04/04/16 P Brandon Workman Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Eduardo Rodrigue Knee 15-day DL (4/2)
Chicago White Sox
05/02/16 RF Avisail Garcia Hamstring "?" Tuesday vs. Boston Red Sox
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
04/24/16 C Alex Avila Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Sox
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