Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox - 6/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (33-36) at Boston Red Sox (39-29)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
M Gonzalez (1-2) (4.74) vs. S Wright (8-4) (2.22)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -168 / Chicago White Sox +158 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, WPWR
On Monday evening at historic Fenway Park, we’ve got a “laundry game” as the Chicago White Sox will be coming to town to face the Boston Red Sox in series-opening MLB action.
The White Sox are coming off a weekend series against the Indians. Chicago dropped the first two games, and in Sunday’s finale the White Sox lost a 10-inning heartbreaker 3-2 for the sweep.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox just finished up against the Mariners. The two teams split the first pair of games, and on Sunday Boston eked out a 2-1 victory to take the series.
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On Monday, the White Sox will be bringing out right-hander Miguel Gonzalez for the start. In his nine appearances (eight starts) and 1-2 record this year, Gonzalez has posted a 4.74 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP in 43.2 innings of work. On Tuesday against the Tigers, Gonzalez allowed eight hits and seven runs over 3.1 innings for a loss.
At the plate, the Chicago batting order is respectable--if inconsistent. Adam Eaton leads the way on 76 hits with 30 runs and 22 RBI. Jose Abreu has 71 hits with 28 runs, 10 homers and 42 RBI. Todd Frazier is the big swinger with 19 homers and 44 RBI with 39 runs, but is hitting just .197 on the year. Frazier went 0-for-2 in Sunday’s game.
Over on the Red Sox side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Steven Wright in the starting role Sunday. In 13 starts and an 8-4 record this year, Wright has tabulated a 2.22 era with a 1.12 WHIP in 89.1 innings of work overall. On Wednesday against the Orioles, Wright went 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits for a win.
At the plate, Boston boasts an enviable group of hitters. Xander Bogaerts has been crushing on 100 hits with 55 runs and 46 RBI. Mookie Betts has 88 hits with 61 runs, 15 homers and 50 RBI. Betts slapped a solo homer on Sunday. David Ortiz leads the team with 18 home runs alongside 59 RBI, 79 hits and 32 runs.
The White Sox are 9-3 in their last 12 Monday games, and 2-5 in their last seven game ones of a series. Chicago is also 9-24 in their last 32 overall, and 3-14 in their last 17 road games.
As for the Red Sox, they’re 11-2 in their last 13 home games against a team with a losing record, and 4-1 in their last five against the American League Central. Boston is also 8-3 in their last 11 Monday games, and 18-8 in their last 26 overall against a team with a losing record.
I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to pick the flailing White Sox here, so I’ll stick with the home team Boston for the victory in the opener.