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Cubs, BoSox Start Massive Interleague Series Friday

A battle between two of the marquee franchises in baseball is set to take center stage when the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox start a three-game series Friday. The Cubbies bring a stellar 8-4 road record to Boston to take on a Red Sox team that dropped its past two at Fenway.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of the Cubs' last 9 games.
  • The Red Sox are 1-7 against the runline in their last 8 games at home.
  • The visiting team is 5-0 SU in the last 5 games between the Cubs and Red Sox.

The Cubbies will open the set by sending ace Jake Arrieta to the bump. Arrieta has been solid so far this season but has had some issues with the long ball, as he has given up four home runs in his past two starts. That being said, he also recorded a season-high 16 swinging strikes in his most recent outing.

Drew Pomeranz will make his fourth start of the year after opening the campaign on the DL. The lefty has struggled in his past two starts by surrendering 10 hits, seven earned runs and three home runs in just 9.2 innings of work. However, Pomeranz does have a stellar track record in limited appearances against the Cubs with a 1.13 ERA in three career starts against Chicago.

The Red Sox desperately need to find their bats, as Boston has averaged just 1.9 runs while hitting 5-for-42 with runners in scoring position in the past seven games. A couple of the Cubs’ bats have been slumping lately but that can’t be said for Kris Bryant. After a rocky opening to the season, Bryant has gone 13-for-33 with eight runs during his current eight-game hitting streak.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Boston Red Sox in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline underdogs of 108 at BetOnline for Friday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 8 at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.6-3.4 win for the Cubs on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs Boston Red Sox Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Red Sox bring a 11-10 record to the battle against the 12-9 Cubs. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Chicago injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Boston Red Sox at No. 16 and the Chicago Cubs at No. 3 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Boston Red Sox No. 24-rated offense, averaging 3.71 runs per game, against a Chicago Cubs defense that ranks No. 13 at 4.24 in runs allowed per game. The Boston Red Sox have averaged 9 hits per game so far, less than Chicago Cubs batters have averaged on the year (9.05 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the No. 16-rated road mark, allowing 4.17 runs per game on the highway. Boston, on the other hand, rates No. 20 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Chi Cubs is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games
  • Boston is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Boston, Saturday, April 29th