On the heels of a three-game winning streak, the Boston Red Sox will try to keep it going as they begin a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Despite being the road team, Boston is a heavy -175 favorite to win on Thursday.
The Red Sox had a terrible April coming off last year’s World Series win, but there are finally signs that things have turned around for them. April ended and May began with Boston sweeping Oakland in a three-game series, pulling them within three games of the .500 mark, although they remain 5.5 games off the pace in the AL East.
The White Sox, meanwhile, have met or exceeded their meager expectations by being just two games under .500 at the moment. Following Wednesday’s split of a doubleheader with the Orioles, Chicago has actually won four of their last five games, giving them a little bit of confidence and momentum as they get ready to face the reigning champions.
Lucas Giolito will come off the IL on Thursday to start against the Red Sox. He’s been on the shelf the past two weeks with a hamstring strain. Prior to that, he was 2-1 with a 5.30 ERA over his first four starts. Of course, that’s a meager improvement after he registered a 6.13 ERA last season despite winning 10 games.
It’s important to remember that Giolito was once the top pitching prospect in all of baseball. His stuff is outstanding when he’s on his game. He also dominated the Red Sox when he faced them last August, giving up just one run on two hits over 6.1 innings. He’ll be facing largely the same lineup on Thursday that he did that day. Also, much of the Boston lineup is slumping at the moment with the exception of Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers, and Michael Chavis, who are all scorching hot.
What’s the Price?
David Price will start for Boston on Thursday. He appears to have put his rocky start behind him. Over his last three starts, Price has allowed four runs in 18 innings of work, which amounts to an ERA of 2.00. He also has 24 strikeouts and just five walks over that span, so he’s starting to look like the old David Price.
On Thursday, the experienced lefty will face a largely no-name White Sox lineup. For what it’s worth, Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu, and former Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada are all having good seasons. Yonder Alonso is also providing plenty of power despite his .183 average. On the other hand, those guys may not be enough against Price, especially with Abreu just 3 for 21 (.143) in his career against the Boston lefty. Meanwhile, Anderson and Moncada are a combined 1 for 8 against Price.
Look for the Red Sox to extend their winning streak to four games. There’s a chance Giolito can replicate his last start against the Red Sox and give Chicago a chance. But Price dominating Chicago’s lineup is far more likely. Bet on the Red Sox to win in Chicago on Thursday.