The Boston Red Sox (7-10) and Chicago White Sox (10-8) will open up a four-game American League series on Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 ET
Boston Red Sox at Chicago White Sox
Boston completed a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins at Target Field with a 7-6 win on Wednesday night, as the offense managed to produce 24 combined runs in the series. Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz continues to be a main contributor to the attack, coming into last nights game leading the AL with a .444 batting average. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia has also gotten in on the act, hitting .414 over the course of his current seven-game hit streak. Boston is 21-12 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 the last two-plus seasons.
Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront (0-0, 3.94 ERA) is coming off his best start of the season, allowing one run and four hits over six innings against the New York Yankees, as he didn’t factor in the decision of a 15-9 home loss. The left-hander has registered an even 1-1 mark and 4.95 ERA in 12 career road appearances (two starts), serving up three home runs over 20 combined frames. Doubront will be facing the White Sox for the first time in his career.
Chicago finished a six-game road trip with a 4-2 record, dropping the final two games against the Oakland Athletics, including a 5-4 setback in 14 innings on Wednesday afternoon. “We had a lot of chances,” stated White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko. He figures to play a prominent role in this marquee series, hitting .385 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in his last eight games against the Red Sox. Chicago is 1-3 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 this season, with the “under” going 1-3 in those contests.
White Sox starting pitcher Philip Humber (1-0, 0.63 ERA) will be making his first start since becoming the 21st player to throw a perfect game in major league history, as he tallied a 4-0 road win over the Seattle Mariners. The right-hander will be making his third career start versus the Red Sox, coming in with a 1-1 record and 5.84 ERA, which includes a 10-2 home loss in his only outing in the series at U.S. Cellular Field. Humber allowed four runs and six hits over 4.2 frames in that effort.
Bettors will likely back the Red Sox due to their 4-1 record versus right-handers on the road, while the White Sox are 0-5 in Humber’s last five starts against AL East teams.
Recommendation: Boston Red Sox +110
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