Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.60 ERA) and Wade Miley (10-9, 4.41 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (58-65) and the Boston Red Sox (57-68) at U.S. Cellular Field. The Red Sox won the last game 5-4 and Boston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on CSCh and NESN.
Quintana pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking two in an 8-2 win over the Angels. Jose Abreu (.295, 73 Rs, 24 HRs, 77 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Miley went 7.1 innings, surrendering one run and striking out six in a 4-1 win over the Royals in his last outing.
Chicago is a -125 favorite against Boston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -700 and a record as the favorite of 28-24. The White Sox are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 327.
In games where it is the underdog, Boston has a 23-29 record and an overall money line of -1,838. 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 8.2 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, 3-2. The White Sox have an 11-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Miley takes the mound. Quintana (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
The Red Sox won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the White Sox are 22-25. The Red Sox are 16-16 in close games this season.
The White Sox are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Red Sox have a record of 5-10 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 11-57. The White Sox have a 10-48 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 104 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 15th with 120.
Ranking 10th, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.57 per game. Boston ranks in the top five at second with 9.22.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.688). Boston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .741.
When the Red Sox allow at least one home run, they are 30-57, well-matched with the White Sox who are 27-48 when allowing at least one homer.