Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox - 8/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (41-66) at Boston Red Sox (61-49)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
J Shields (2-3) (6.19) vs. D Pomeranz (10-4) (3.46)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -290 / Chicago White Sox +255 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, NESN
The Battle of the Sox resumes from Fenway on Saturday as the Chicago White Sox visit the Boston Red Sox in game three of their four game set.
The Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back after dropping their last four games, including a 3-2 extra innings loss on Friday. Nicky Delmonico did all of the scoring for the White Sox, opening the scoring in the top of the 4th with a two run double as part of his 3 for 5 day at the plate. Jose Abreu and Yolmer Sanchez each chipped in a double while Yoan Moncada, Kevan Smith and Tim Anderson added base hits of their own in the loss. Carlos Rodon went 7.2 innings, giving up just two runs on six hits while striking out 11, not factoring in the decision. Aaron Bummer gave up the game-deciding run in the 11th, taking the loss to fall to 0-2 this season. James Shields will start game three and is 2-3 with a 6.19 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. In his career, Shields is 9-13 with a 4.40 ERA and 145 strikeouts against Boston.
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The Boston Red Sox will look to add to their current four game winning streak following their win in game three. Chris Young opened the scoring with an RBI single while Eduardo Nunez tied the game with a solo homer and Mitch Moreland walked off the White Sox with a pinch-hit solo homer in the 11th. Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and Christan Vazquez each contributed base hits in the winning effort for the Red Sox. Eduardo Rodriguez gave up both runs on four hits while walking a pair and striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Heath Hembree got the win, improving to 2-3 this season by throwing a scoreless top half of the 11th. Drew Pomeranz will start game three and is 10-4 with a 3.46 ERA and 119 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pomeranz is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 19 strikeouts against Chicago.
Chicago is 1-7 in Shields’ last 8 road starts and 1-10 in their last 11 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games against a left-handed starter. Boston is 5-2 in Pomeranz’s last 7 starts and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 14-6 in their last 20 home games. Chicago is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Six seems to be a magic number for Shields, as he’s given up six runs in four of his last seven starts. Pomeranz on the other hand, has given up two runs or less in seven of his last nine starts and hasn’t taken a single loss over that span. Pomeranz also has an ERA under one against the White Sox in his career, and even though Chicago kept it close in game two, I think Boston blows it open here by a couple of runs.