Erik Johnson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Henry Owens (0-0, 4.82 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (19-9) and the Boston Red Sox (16-11) at U.S. Cellular Field. The Red Sox won the last game 5-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 5 and can be seen on CSCh and NESN.
This is the first time Johnson will pitch this season. He pitched 35.0 innings last season, finishing 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 30 strikeoutsOwens went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking three in a 4-2 win over the Yankees in his last outing. David Ortiz (.311, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Red Sox, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Chicago and Boston are White Sox -105, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
Chicago has won 62% (8-5) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 71% (10-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Boston batters brought in a solid 11 hits last game. Chicago has a record of 2-3 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Red Sox are 15-2. The White Sox have a 15-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 108 this season. Boston ranks in the top five at fourth with 140.
Ranking 16th, Boston is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 85 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 13th with 90.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 12-6, well-matched with the Red Sox who are 11-6 when hitting one or more homers.