Monday, June 20, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Miguel Gonzalez vs. Steven Wright
The Chicago White Sox visit Fenway Park on Monday to play the Boston Red Sox. The probable starters are Miguel Gonzalez for the White Sox and Steven Wright for the Red Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +158 and Boston at -168. The over/under was set at 9.5. The White Sox have a 31-34-3 over/under record and a 30-38-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Red Sox are 38-29-0 against the run line and have a 36-26-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 57% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this matchup with a 33-35 record, including 16-18 on the road. Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 4.74 and a WHIP of 1.53. He has 37 strikeouts over his 43.2 innings pitched and he has given up 48 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.37. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.58 and they have given up 189 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the bullpen while being struck out 179 times and walking 94 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.93 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.76 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.04. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 604 base hits and 273 earned runs. They have allowed 70 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 228 batters and struck out 525. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.12.
As a team, Chicago is batting .244, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .247 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .386 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.28 hits per game. Adam Eaton comes into this game hitting .279 and his on-base percentage is at .363. He has 74 hits this season along with 30 runs scored and 22 runs batted in. He's struck out 44 times and has walked 27 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .286 and he has an on-base percentage of .346. He has totaled 69 hits so far while scoring 30 runs and he's driven in 31. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 28 times. The White Sox have 562 hits, including 109 doubles and 61 home runs. They've stolen 27 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Chicago has walked 214 times this season and they've struck out 549 times as a unit. They've left 472 men on base and have a team OPS of .698. They score 4.07 runs per contest and have scored a total of 277 runs so far this year.
Boston comes into this matchup with a 21-15 home record and a 38-29 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.22, Steven Wright has a 8-4 record and a 1.12 WHIP. He has 74 strikeouts over the 89.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 66 hits. He has allowed 6.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.37. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.44 and they have given up 164 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .217 against the Red Sox bullpen while being struck out 224 times and walking 84 times this season. As a team, Boston has allowed 8.12 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.58 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.25. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 540 base knocks and 282 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 77 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Boston as a staff has walked 229 hitters and struck out 572. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 4.20.
As a team, they are batting .290, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .298 average at home. The Red Sox hold a .480 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .354 which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in baseball with 10.37 hits per contest. Xander Bogaerts comes into this matchup batting .352 and he has an OBP of .400. He has 99 hits this year along with 54 runs scored and 46 RBI. He's struck out 45 times and has walked on 22 occasions. Mookie Betts is hitting .290 and he has an OBP of .338. He has collected 85 hits so far while he's scored 60 runs and drove in 49. He has earned a walk 21 times and has punched out 45 times. The Red Sox as a unit have 695 base hits, including 169 doubles and 83 homers. They have 45 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 6 times. Boston as a team has walked 225 times this year and they have struck out 485 times. They've had 485 men left on base and have an OPS of .834. They score 5.79 runs per game and have totaled 388 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 31-34-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 30-38-0 against the run line so far this season
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 36-26-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 38-29-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
06/18/16 LF Melky Cabrera Wrist left last game, "?" Sunday vs. Cleveland Indians
06/10/16 DH Justin Morneau Elbow 15-day DL (6/9)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 15-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
Boston Red Sox
06/17/16 2B Josh Rutledge Knee 15-day DL (6/15)
06/07/16 P Carson Smith Elbow 60-day DL (5/15)
06/06/16 C Blake Swihart Ankle 15-day DL (6/5)
06/06/16 C Ryan Hanigan Neck 15-day DL (6/5)
06/05/16 LF Brock Holt Concussion 15-day DL (6/2)
05/03/16 3B Pablo Sandoval Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
04/04/16 P Brandon Workman Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the White Sox
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