Jeff Samardzija (8-9, 4.64 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (58-64) go up against Joe Kelly (6-6, 5.37 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (56-68) in the first of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 24 and will air on CSCh and NESN.
In his last start, Samardzija pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 1-0 loss to the Angels. Jose Abreu (.293, 71 Rs, 23 HRs, 76 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Red Sox were victorious the last time Kelly pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking three in a 6-4 victory over the Indians.
Chicago, a -131 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Boston. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The White Sox are 28-24 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -600. The White Sox are a dangerous hitting team with 323 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB.
Moving on to the away team, the Red Sox come into this game with a win percentage of .442 when playing as the underdog (23-29) and an overall money line of -1,838. During the last 10 games, they averaged 8.2 runs per game, above their 4.5 season average. Boston is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 9.2 hits per contest. Boston has an eye for the strike zone on the road, ranking 3.0 in the AL with fourth walks per game.
The White Sox are 3-1 against the Red Sox this season. This game will feature Kelly (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 47-49 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Samardzija will take the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 42-48 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Over
Boston recorded at least two errors for the 16th time this season.
The White Sox managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are coming in with a 9-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 11-57. The White Sox have a 10-47 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Chicago has hit 103 this season. Boston ranks 14th with 119 home runs.
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 9.20.
Ranking 26th, 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 29-57, well-matched with the White Sox who are 27-47 when allowing at least one homer.