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MLB Game Preview - White Sox underdogs vs Red Sox at Boston

Chicago White SoxBoston Red Sox
Aug 30, 7:10 PM | GrassFenway Park

Chicago White Sox vs Boston Red Sox Odds

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Fenway Park hosts an MLB battle between the Boston Red Sox and the visiting Chicago White Sox on Friday.

For the Red Sox, Ryan Dempster gets the ball, charged with keeping the White Sox hitters off the base paths. He'll face Hector Santiago, 4-5 on the year.

View Chi White Sox vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Red Sox as -185 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 9.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 3 (Red Sox) and the No. 12 (White Sox) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 2 ranked American League offense (5 runs per game) against a White Sox defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 9 in the American League at 4.3 runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have been averaging 9.5 hits per game, more than the White Sox have managed so far this season (8.7 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the American League's No. 7-rated road mark, allowing 4.2 runs per game on the highway. Boston, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in scoring at home.

The White Sox were a 6-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Astros. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -240 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Chris Sale fanned 12 Houston batters in the team's last outing, leading the White Sox to a 6-1 victory over the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Orioles at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Orioles at +137 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Red Sox endured a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Orioles on Thursday, with Jon Lester throwing 6 innings of 5-hit ball at Fenway Park.

Chicago White Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Chi White Sox are 7-3
After playing Baltimore are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few White Sox at Red Sox trends to consider:
Chi White Sox are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi White Sox's last 10 games on the road
Chi White Sox are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi White Sox's last 5 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 9-4 SU in their last 13 games when playing Chi White Sox
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Chi White Sox at Boston, Saturday, August 31