Chicago White Sox (6-8) at Boston Red Sox (10-4)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Dallas Keuchel (0-0) (5.79) vs. Tanner Houck (0-1) (3.00)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -115 / Chicago White Sox -105 --- Over/Under: 7 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox meet in MLB action from Fenway Park in game one of a double-header on Sunday afternoon.
The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound from their 7-4 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday. Yermin Mercedes leads the White Sox with a .457 batting average along with a .500 OBP and a team-high 21 hits while sharing the team lead with Adam Eaton with 3 home runs and 11 RBIs this season. Luis Robert has 16 hits with 5 doubles and a triple in a team-high 56 at-bats while Jose Abreu has struck out a team-high 22 times this season. Dallas Keuchel will start here and is 0-0 with a 6.43 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. In his career, Keuchel is 0-1 with a 9.15 ERA and 14 strikeouts against the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox will look to duplicate their success from Saturday in Sunday’s double-header starting with the first half. Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with a .412 batting average as well as a .464 OBP to go along with a team-high 21 hits while also posting 5 doubles. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 5 home runs, 17 RBIs and 7 doubles while Rafael Devers has 5 homers and 14 RBIs. Tanner Houck is expected to start here and is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Houck’s first career start against the White Sox.
Chicago is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss and 8-17 in their last 25 games overall while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games as an underdog. Boston is 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 10-1 in their last 11 games overall while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 Sunday games. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for Boston with how well they’ve been playing up to this point in the season, but realistically, I’m not much of a Tanner Houck fan, even in a seven-inning start. Dallas Keuchel has had his ups and downs this season, but he’s the more trustworthy name with a fairly solid lineup behind him and I think he leads the White Sox to a win in the first half of the double-dip on Sunday.