Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/1/14
Chicago Cubs (34-46) at Boston Red Sox (38-44)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Edwin Jackson (R) (5-8) (5.219) vs. Clay Buchholz (R) (3-4) (6.752)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -160 / Chicago Cubs +150 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, NESN
The Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox meet again at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
The Cubs are doing what they can to try and remain competitive by winning four of their last seven games. This stretch will continue as long as the pitching holds up, as the Cubs have allowed three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. Overall, the Cubs have an ERA of 3.54, 10th best in the majors. Offensively, the Cubs remain one of the worst in the league but Nate Schierholtz did have two extra base hits in Monday’s win. Edwin Jackson takes the hill, and he’s 5-8 with a 5.22 ERA and has 85 strikeouts in 89.2 innings. Jackson is 2-4 with a 5.49 ERA in 13 career games against the Red Sox.
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The Red Sox have lost seven of their last 11 games and are seven games below .500. The Red Sox offense has looked a lot like the Cubs, scoring three or fewer runs in five of their last seven games and getting shutout twice in their last four games. David Ortiz has homered three times in his last eight games and Mike Napoli has gotten on base at least once in nine straight games. The Red Sox pitching has an ERA of 3.77. Clay Buchholz gets the nod, and he’s 3-4 with a 6.75 ERA and has 41 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. This is Buchholz’s first career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 7-19 in Jacksons last 26 road starts and 5-17 in Jacksons last 22 starts as an underdog. The Red Sox are 7-1 in Buchholzs last 8 interleague starts and 22-9 in Buchholzs last 31 starts overall. The Cubs are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
No value in picking the Sox to win, so I'm going with the under. Neither team can score runs, and it's only a matter of time before Buchholz gets rolling. Take the under.