Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction 4/15/14
Boston Red Sox (5-8) at Chicago White Sox (7-6)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Jake Peavy (R) (0-0) (2.131) vs. Erik Johnson (R) (0-1) (9.574)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +135 / Boston Red Sox -145 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, WCIU
The Boston Red Sox play the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday night.
The Boston Red Sox dropped to 5-8 on the season after losing at New York 3-2 on Sunday night. The Red Sox lost three of four in New York this past weekend after taking two of three against Texas at home last week. On the season, Mike Napoli is leading the Red Sox in hitting with a .300 batting average, 3 home runs, and 9 RBIs. David Ortiz is batting .260 with 2 home runs, while Dustin Pedroia is hitting .236 on the year. Boston is hitting .255 as a team this season, while scoring 46 runs overall. Jake Peavy will take the mound in this one. Peavy has had two no decision in his first two starts of the season. Peavy has struck out 12 batters, while walking 6. Peavy has not made it thru the 7th inning in both of his starts as his pitch count has reach near or over 100 pitches in those two games. Peavy held is former White Sox teammates in check in his only start against them last season. Peavy and the Red Sox will try to get back on track in Chicago this week.
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The Chicago White Sox improved to 7-6 on the season after taking three of four at home against Cleveland this past weekend. Alexei Ramirez went 7 for 16 with 6 RBIs in the series. Ramirez also hit a walk off two-run homer on Sunday to give the White Sox a 4-3 victory. Conor Gillaspie has hit safely in 11 games he’s played, batting .341 with 9 RBIs for Chicago. Adam Dunn, who is 5 for 11 with two doubles in the last three games, is just 5 for 31 off Peavy with 11 strikeouts. The White Sox will send Erik Johnson to the mound, who has never faced the Red Sox or any of their hitters in his career. Johnson has not pitched well in his first two starts, throwing 205 pitches in a span of 10 1/3 innings.
Boston has taken 12 of 16 in the series dating back to 2011, and won last season’s series 4-2. David Ortiz hit .381 with 9 RBIs versus Chicago in 2013. The Red Sox hope Ortiz can duplicate that this year as the lineup has been struggling to hit the ball well early on in the season. Peavy is the superior pitcher in this matchup and he will be pumped up in his return to Chicago. I think the Red Sox win on Tuesday night.