Boston Red Sox at Chicago White Sox
|Date & Time||Thursday May 2, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago White Sox +146 / Boston Red Sox -156 O/U: 8.5
The Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox will be meeting up on the MLB diamond Thursday to kick off their series.
For Thursday’s “laundry series” opener, Boston will be bringing out David Price in the start. Across 30.0 innings and a 1-2 mark so far this year, Price has a 3.60 ERA with 37 Ks and eight walks.
Leading the way for the Red Sox on offense so far this year is JD Martinez, who has 34 hits with 15 runs, four homers and 15 RBI. Mookie Betts is close behind that pace for Boston on 33 hits, 22 runs, six homers and 16 RBI.
Over on the Chicago side, they’re going with Lucas Giolito on Thursday. In his 18.2 innings and 2-1 record so far, Giolito has a 5.30 ERA with 23 Ks and 10 BBs.
In the doubleheader Wednesday against Baltimore, Chicago fell in a tough one 5-4 after failing to score after the third inning. In the nightcap, the Sox returned the favor with a walk-off 7-6 victory.
The Red Sox are 7-2 in their last nine Thursday games and 5-2 in their last seven overall. Boston is 7-2 in Price’s last nine starts with four days’ rest and 43-20 in his last 63 starts.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 5-1 in their last six in game one of a series and 2-10 in their last 12 Thursday games. Chicago is 1-4 in Giolito’s last five Thursday starts and 0-6 in his last six home starts.
Price had a couple of sketchy starts at the beginning of the year but has bounced back to the tune of four earned over his last three starts (two quality) in a total of 18.0 innings on 12 hits.
As for Giolito, he was doing well in his last start April 17 until sidelined by a hamstring issue. That said, in the two starts before that Giolito put up nine earned on 12 hits in 9.1 innings.
I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to think Price won’t keep it going here. I’m going Red Sox.