Chicago White Sox (33-36) at Boston (39-29)
When: Tuesday, June 21st 2016
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: CSN Chicago, NESN
The Chicago White Sox look to make it two in a row when they battle the Boston Red Sox in the second game of their four-game series on Tuesday. Jose Abreu hit the go-ahead double in the 10th inning to send the White Sox to a 3-1 victory in the series opener. Boston loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th with nobody out, but failed to bring home the winning run. The Red Sox have lost five of their last eight games and scored four or fewer runs in six of those contests. Boston still trails Baltimore by one game after the Orioles fell in Texas last night. The White Sox are trying to stay in the American League Central race and are just 5.5 games behind Cleveland, but have two other teams in front of them. Chicago 3B Todd Frazier is 0-for-21 over the last six games.
Pitchers: White Sox – Chris Sale (11-2, 2.94 ERA) | Red Sox – Clay Buchholz (3-6, 5.86)
Chicago ace Chris Sale will take the mound tonight trying to get back to his dominant form. Sale has a 6.07 ERA over his last five starts but earned a win last time out while holding the Detroit Tigers to three runs in seven innings. He leads the AL in wins and is allowing opponents a stingy .218 batting average. Sale was hit for seven runs and 12 hits in five innings at Fenway Park on July 30th last season and is 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA in nine career games (four starts) against Boston.
Clay Buchholz for some reason will get another chance to start for Boston. He has worked out of the bullpen for his last five appearances after a rough start to the season in the rotation. The struggles of everyone else who has attempted to lock down the spot led the Red Sox back to Buchholz, who allowed two hits in five scoreless innings over his last three relief appearances. Buchholz is 3-3 with a 4.04 ERA in nine career starts against Chicago.
Sale hasn’t been great as of late, but he’s getting a Red Sox team who’s struggling at the plate right now. I really don’t see Buchholz turning his season around tonight. I like the White Sox to make it two in a row at Fenway.
Pick: White Sox +100