The Sox have gone six straight series by winning it or salvaging a split (Astros). Despite the loss last night where the pitching and offense failed them, Sox start a 3 game series vs the rebuilding White Sox. Standing at 43-20, the lead over NY is 1/2 game. Not too shocking, the Sox and Yankees each have a home record of 22-9. That mark is tied for most wins at home. There is 3 teams tied with 20 wins at home — Indians, Mariners and…. the Detroit Tigers. That’s a head turner.
Chris Sale is on the mound for the Bo-Sox, and needs to work out of the recent 2 start funk he finds himself in. On May 22 his ERA was sitting at 2.17. after allowing 10 ER in last 10.1 innings, Sale’s ERA is now at 3.00. Facing a team who are 17th in OPS should help him, as well as just about the entire lineup having little or no prior experience facing him before.
Dylan Covey takes the ball for the Chi-Sox. Last year in his first taste of the majors (18 games, 12 starts), was nothing but a rude welcome to the bigs. 7.71 ERA. 34 Walks & 20 HRs in 70 innings. Fast forward just a year later, and a gentle reminder for fans being upset about Beeks’ major league debut. Through his first 4 starts of 2018, Covey holds an ERA of 2.82 and has yet to allow a HR across 22.1 innings of work. His worst start of the season was the Indians (5 Runs, 2 ER, 4.1 innings), but as the ERs are shown, his defense didn’t do him any favors.
Chris Sale — Career vs Chicago White Sox in 1 start, 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA. That start coming last year, the offense had his back for a W, as he had given up 5 ER in 5 innings of work. Career at Fenway Park in 24 games (21 starts), 10-5 with a 3.33 ERA.
Chicago White Sox:
Jose Abreu – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk
Tim Anderson – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, 2 Ks
Matt Davidson – 0 for 3, 3 Ks
Adam Engel —–
Yoan Moncada —–
Omar Narvaez —–
Daniel Palka —–
Jose Rondon —–
Yolmer Sanchez – 0 for 2, Walk
Kevan Smith – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K
Trayce Thompson —–
Charlie Tilson —–
Dylan Covey — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox:
Hasn’t faced any current Sox batter before.