Chris Sale (12-7, 3.34 ERA), attemping to pick up his 200th strikeout of the season, takes the hill for the Chicago White Sox (59-65) as they square off against Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (57-69) in the last of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 5-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 26 and can be seen on WPWR and NESN.
Sale pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out 14 and walking one in an 11-4 win over the Mariners. Jose Abreu (.295, 74 Rs, 24 HRs, 77 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Porcello went 2.0 innings, surrendering five runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking one in a 9-2 defeat to the White Sox in his most recent start.
Chicago is a -173 favorite against Boston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -828 and a record as the favorite of 28-25. The White Sox are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 329.
In games where it is the underdog, Boston has a 24-29 record and an overall money line of -1,720. Offensively, the Red Sox have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.5 runs per game by averaging 7.2 during that stretch. The Red Sox are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the AL with 9.2 hits per game. Boston is excellent at drawing walks with 3.0 per road game, ranking fourth in the AL.
The White Sox lead the season series, 4-2. The White Sox have a 47-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Porcello takes the mound. Sale (LHP) will be on the hill against the Red Sox, who have a 14-20 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Red Sox lost by a margin of one run. The White Sox are 23-25 in one-run games. The Red Sox have a 16-17 record in close games.
When leading after 7 innings, Chicago is 25-25, while Boston is 28-34.
The Red Sox are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The White Sox have a 12-28 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 46-12. The Red Sox have a 46-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 477 this season. Boston ranks in the top five at third with 573.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 288 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 11th with 371.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 36-34, well-matched with the Red Sox who are 42-39 when hitting one or more homers.