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Boston has lost just once in the past week, while the White Sox are 6-4 in their last 10. Pivetta, the Red Sox starter, has given up just two runs in 22 innings of work, while Cease has struck out more hitters than anybody in baseball this year. Red Sox comes into play red hot at the plate, but few have succeeded against Cease. That’s why we’re going to take the under.
White Sox Under 8 (-115)
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Garcia’s 2021 record: (14-9)
Nick Pivetta hasn’t had very good luck for the Red Sox this year. He hasn’t been stellar, but his ERA is higher than it should be and his record is bad as a reflection of that, but he’s been on a tear lately.
Pivetta is 2-4 on the year, with a 4.22 ERA but just a 1.15 WHIP. He struggled mightily in April, going 0-3 in four starts, only made it out of the fifth inning in one of them, and allowed 15 earned runs in 16.1 innings.
Since the calendar turned to May, he’s turned a new page. After a mediocre outing on May 1, Pivetta has thrown three consecutive quality starts, posting a 1.71 ERA with just one walk and 25 strikeouts in 26.1 innings.
His last outing was one of the best of his career, throwing a complete game, allowing just one run on two hits with no walks and eight strikeouts against a dynamite offense in Houston.
On the other side, Dylan Cease has been dominant all season long. The 26-year-old is 4-1 on the season with a 3.09 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and leads all of baseball with 67 strikeouts in 43.2 innings (strikeout rate of 13.8 K’s per nine innings).
He has had a bit of trouble with pitch count, making it through six innings or more in just two of his eight starts, but he’s given up one run or fewer in five of his eight outings, including on May 7 when he gave up just one run in five innings against Boston.
Don’t look now, but the Red Sox have the longest winning streak in the MLB at five consecutive games. Over that stretch, it’s been a red-hot offense leading the way. Boston has scored five runs or more in every game and 38 (7.6 per game) total.
In the last week, nobody in baseball has been able to compare to Boston’s shortstop, Trevor Story. The $175 million off-season is finally paying dividends, with Story belting six home runs and 14 RBIs (both of which are the best in the bigs) over that stretch.
Rafael Devers is 11-for-28 (.393) with three home runs and five RBIs and J.D. Martinez is 12-for-24 (.500) over that same time.
On the south side of Chicago, few offenses have struggled like the White Sox, who have scored the third-fewest runs on the season.
Chicago is hitting just .229 with a .280 OBP against right-handed pitching this season and are slightly worse than that – hitting .220 with a .277 OBP – in home games.
For the Red Sox we’re not just going to pick one of those hot batters we mentioned before, but instead, someone who has a track record of success on the road this year. For Boston, that’s Xander Bogaerts. The Boston shortstop is hitting .347 (26-for-75) away from Fenway this year with a .412 OBP.
For Chicago, only Tim Anderson is hitting better than .260 against right-handed pitching. The shortstop is batting .322 with a .375 OBP vs the righties is third on the team with three home runs and leads the way with 14 RBIs.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.More info on Tony Garcia
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