Thursday, June 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: James Shields vs. Rick Porcello
The Chicago White Sox head to Fenway Park on Thursday to take on the Boston Red Sox. The probable pitchers are James Shields for the White Sox and Rick Porcello for the Red Sox. The opening line for this game has Chicago at +196 and Boston at -212. The over/under is 10. The White Sox have a 31-37-3 over/under mark and a 33-38-0 run line record, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Red Sox are 38-32-0 against the run line and have a 36-29-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this game with a 35-36 record, and they are 18-19 on the road. Starting pitcher James Shields has a 2-9 record with an ERA of 6.28 and a WHIP of 1.70. He has 62 strikeouts during his 76 innings pitched and he has given up 93 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 11 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.34. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.48 and they have allowed 196 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 against the pen while they've been struck out 188 times and walked 101 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 8.85 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.85 hitters per nine. They are 9th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.93. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 627 base hits and 278 earned runs. They have allowed 71 home runs this season and they allow 1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 239 batters and struck out 556. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.04.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .242, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .243 average on the road. The White Sox have a .385 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .312 which is good for 20th in the league. They rank 23rd in baseball with 8.2 hits per contest. Adam Eaton comes into this game hitting .277 and his on-base percentage is at .358. He has 77 hits this season along with 32 runs scored and 22 runs batted in. He's struck out 46 times and has walked 27 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .281 and he has an on-base percentage of .337. He has totaled 71 hits so far while scoring 31 runs and he's driven in 33. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 32 times. The White Sox have 581 hits, including 116 doubles and 64 home runs. They've stolen 27 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 18 times. Chicago has walked 225 times this season and they've struck out 576 times as a unit. They've left 489 men on base and have a team OPS of .696. They score 4.01 runs per contest and have scored a total of 285 runs so far this year.
Boston comes into this game with a 22-17 home mark and a 39-31 overall record. With an ERA of 3.76, Rick Porcello has a 8-2 record and a 1.09 WHIP. He has 79 strikeouts over the 88.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 80 hits. He has allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.06. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.43 and they have given up 168 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the Red Sox bullpen while being struck out 233 times and walking 86 times this season. As a team, Boston has allowed 8.05 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.58 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.14. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 561 base knocks and 288 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 80 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Boston as a staff has walked 235 hitters and struck out 599. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.14.
As a team, they are batting .288, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .293 average at home. The Red Sox hold a .473 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .352 which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in baseball with 10.24 hits per contest. Xander Bogaerts comes into this matchup batting .347 and he has an OBP of .399. He has 101 hits this year along with 55 runs scored and 46 RBI. He's struck out 48 times and has walked on 25 occasions. Mookie Betts is hitting .288 and he has an OBP of .332. He has collected 88 hits so far while he's scored 61 runs and drove in 51. He has earned a walk 21 times and has punched out 47 times. The Red Sox as a unit have 717 base hits, including 171 doubles and 84 homers. They have 47 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. Boston as a team has walked 236 times this year and they have struck out 511 times. They've had 513 men left on base and have an OPS of .825. They score 5.6 runs per game and have totaled 392 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 31-37-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 33-38-0 against the run line so far this season
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 36-29-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 38-32-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
06/21/16 P Zach Putnam Elbow 15-day DL (6/21)
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Red Sox
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