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Baseball Matchup - Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs Odds Preview

Chicago CubsBoston Red Sox
May 21, 7:10 PM | GrassFenway Park

Chicago Cubs vs Boston Red Sox Odds

19-24TEAM RECORD24-20

The Chicago Cubs will look to grab an inter-league road victory when they take on the Red Sox in Boston at Fenway Park on Saturday in baseball action.

Carlos Zambrano gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Cubs on this day; he's 4-2 on the season. The Red Sox, meanwhile, will counter with Alfredo Aceves, who will be looking to improve on his 0-0 mark.

View Chi Cubs vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Red Sox as -145 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 9.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Red Sox at No. 11 in the American League and the Cubs at No. 10 in the National League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 3 ranked American League offense (4.6 runs per game) against a Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 15 in the National League at 5.1 runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, less than the Cubs have managed so far this season (9.7 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Boston has the American League's No. 11-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the National League's No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

The Cubs were a 15-5 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Red Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -255 on the moneyline, while the total score (20) was good news for OVER bettors. Chicago was routed on Friday at Fenway Park, having a 15-5 loss put on them by the Boston Red Sox in baseball betting action.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 4-0
After playing Boston are 1-2
After a loss are 6-4

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Chi Cubs are 2-2
After playing Chi Cubs are 2-1
After a win are 8-2

A few Cubs at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Boston, Sunday, May 22

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