Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (18-8) take on Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (15-10) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 3 and can be seen on CSCh and NESN.
Quintana pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out 10 and walking three in a 4-0 win over the Blue Jays. Brett Lawrie (.290, 15 Rs, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game Sunday, going 3 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Wright went 7.0 innings, surrendering two, striking out eight and walking three in a 9-4 win over the Braves in his most recent start. Travis Shaw (.322, 12 Rs, 3 HRs, 17 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The White Sox have been one of baseball's luckiest teams this season, with a low team BABIP against and some fortunate offensive hitting. The bullpen has been among the best in baseball. Boston is hoping to force some of that impending regression in this series.
The White Sox are a small favorite.
Pick - Boston
The Red Sox won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the White Sox are 6-3. The Red Sox are 3-2 in close games 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 4-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 1-6. The White Sox have a 2-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Boston ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 21 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half with 25.
Ranking 14th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 80 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 with 82.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 12-5, well-matched with the Red Sox who are 10-5 when hitting one or more homers.