Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Sale vs. Clay Buchholz
The Chicago White Sox head to Fenway Park on Tuesday to take on the Boston Red Sox. The probable pitchers are Chris Sale for the White Sox and Clay Buchholz for the Red Sox. The opening line for this game has Chicago at -120 and Boston at +110. The over/under is 9. The White Sox have a 31-35-3 over/under mark and a 31-38-0 run line record, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Red Sox are 38-30-0 against the run line and have a 36-27-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this game with a 33-36 record, and they are 16-19 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Sale has a 11-2 record with an ERA of 2.94 and a WHIP of 1.01. He has 93 strikeouts during his 98 innings pitched and he has given up 79 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.42. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.57 and they have allowed 193 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the pen while they've been struck out 181 times and walked 97 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 8.97 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.79 hitters per nine. They are 13th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.02. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 616 base hits and 276 earned runs. They have allowed 71 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 232 batters and struck out 535. 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 4.10.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .243, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .246 average on the road. The White Sox have a .386 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .313 which is good for 20th in the league. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.25 hits per contest. Adam Eaton comes into this game hitting .283 and his on-base percentage is at .365. He has 76 hits this season along with 30 runs scored and 22 runs batted in. He's struck out 45 times and has walked 27 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .286 and he has an on-base percentage of .344. He has totaled 70 hits so far while scoring 31 runs and he's driven in 32. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 28 times. The White Sox have 568 hits, including 112 doubles and 62 home runs. They've stolen 27 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Chicago has walked 219 times this season and they've struck out 559 times as a unit. They've left 479 men on base and have a team OPS of .698. They score 4.04 runs per contest and have scored a total of 279 runs so far this year.
Boston comes into this game with a 22-15 home mark and a 39-29 overall record. With an ERA of 5.86, Clay Buchholz has a 3-6 record and a 1.44 WHIP. He has 44 strikeouts over the 66 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 65 hits. He has allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.61. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.42 and they have given up 164 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the Red Sox bullpen while being struck out 227 times and walking 84 times this season. As a team, Boston has allowed 8.11 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.20. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 548 base knocks and 283 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 78 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 582. 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 4.16.
As a team, they are batting .291, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .299 average at home. The Red Sox hold a .481 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .355 which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in baseball with 10.38 hits per contest. Xander Bogaerts comes into this matchup batting .352 and he has an OBP of .401. He has 100 hits this year along with 55 runs scored and 46 RBI. He's struck out 46 times and has walked on 23 occasions. Mookie Betts is hitting .295 and he has an OBP of .342. He has collected 88 hits so far while he's scored 61 runs and drove in 50. He has earned a walk 21 times and has punched out 46 times. The Red Sox as a unit have 706 base hits, including 170 doubles and 84 homers. They have 47 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 7 times. Boston as a team has walked 229 times this year and they have struck out 490 times. They've had 496 men left on base and have an OPS of .836. They score 5.74 runs per game and have totaled 390 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 31-35-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 31-38-0 against the run line so far this season
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 36-27-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 38-30-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
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 Red Sox
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