Boston (15-10) at Chicago White Sox (18-8)
When: Tuesday, May 3rd 2016
Where: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL
Time: 8:10 ET | TV: NESN, CSN Chicago
A couple of first-place teams will meet on Tuesday as the Boston Red Sox visit the Chicago White Sox to begin a three-game series. The White Sox finally got a day off yesterday after playing a game in 19 straight days. They won 13 of those games and sit in first-place in the American League Central – 3 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers. Chicago is getting great pitching so far this season and rank third in ERA (2.65) and fourth in quality starts (17). Brett Lawrie highlighted a 6-for-14 surge over the last four games by belting a homer for a career-high third straight day in Sunday’s 7-1 victory over Baltimore that wrapped up a seven-game road trip. Jose Abreu is swinging a hot bat and is 11-for-26 during his current six-game hitting streak. The Red Sox are also hot winning seven of their last eight and lead the American League in runs scored (134). They scored 20 over the weekend in a three-game sweep of the rival New York Yankees. Dustin Pedroia recorded his eighth multi-hit performance in 11 contests with three singles in Sunday’s 8-7 victory over the Yankees.
Pitchers: Red Sox – Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37 ERA) | White Sox – Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47)
Steven Wright has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven consecutive starts – including all four this season. The veteran knuckleballer continued his stellar stretch Wednesday as he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in seven innings of a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Wright has won two straight overall and emerged victorious in his lone career outing against Chicago on July 30th after he allowed two runs in seven innings and struck out eight.
Jose Quintana has also won two in a row and has done so in spectacular fashion by scattering a combined four hits in 13 innings en route to 5-0 and 4-0 victories. Quintana handled the offensive-minded Toronto Blue Jays in his last outing Wednesday, striking out a season-high 10 in six innings. Quintana has also won both career decisions versus Boston while keeping the big bats of David Ortiz (2-for-12), Dustin Pedroia (1-for-9), and Hanley Ramirez (1-for-9) in check.
I like Quintana in this one tonight to quiet down the Red Sox bats. As we mentioned, the big bats of Boston struggle against him. The White Sox are flying high right now and I think they keep it going for at least one more night.
Pick: White Sox -142