The Chicago White Sox will open a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Monday. Both teams currently sit in third place in their respective divisions.
Looking For Consistency
The Chicago White Sox are currently 36-39 after losing their last two games to the Texas Rangers. Chicago is 5-5 over its last 10 games. They will look to get some consistency as they take on the Boston Red Sox for a three-game road trip.
In the opening game of the series, the White Sox will be starting Lucas Giolito on the mound. Giolito has been solid for the White Sox so far this season, going 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA and 104 strikeouts. It comes as no surprise that he leads the White Sox in every pitching stat. Giolito will be looking to bounce back after taking a loss in his last start against the Cubs. The 24-year-old gave up six earned runs, including three home runs. Despite his last start, Giolito has had a solid season and looks to continue the good work.
The White Sox have a lot of young talent with bats in their hands as well. Rising star Tim Anderson leads the team in batting average with .319. They also have Yoan Moncada and outfielder Eloy Jimenez, who are young promising players to build around. Along with their young talent, they have 32-year-old Jose Abreu leading the team in both home runs and RBI.
Trying To Move Up
The Red Sox are currently 42-37 and in third place in the American League East, eight games behind the New York Yankees. Boston is 7-2 in its last 10 games. They have been up and down all season and are currently underperforming after winning the World Series last season. They will look to take advantage of playing at home over the next three days before heading to London for a two-game series with the Yankees next weekend.
Eduardo Rodriguez will be making the start for the Red Sox. He is currently 8-4 with a 4.71 ERA and 93 strikeouts. He took the win in his last start over the Twins despite giving up four runs over seven innings. Rodriguez gave up two runs in the first three innings and two runs in the fourth, but then settled in and finished with three scoreless innings.
The Red Sox have been getting offensive production from all over their lineup. J.D Martinez leads the team in home runs, Rafael Devers leads in batting average with .309, and Xander Bogaerts leads in RBI with 51. The Red Sox have all the talent they need to get back in the top spot and compete in October again.
What to Expect
The Red Sox are the better team in this game, and they are at home. On the other hand, the White Sox have the better pitcher on the mound in this scenario and have proven they can hang with the top teams in the league this season. I like the White Sox to surprise the Red Sox and beat them in Boston.