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White Sox vs Red Sox Odds and Picks – Keuchel vs Wacha

Blair Johnson

by Blair Johnson in MLB Baseball

May 7, 2022 · 7:56 PM PDT

Trevor Story running, Boston Red Sox
May 7, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story (10) runs to third base on Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) (not pictured) RBI double against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox face off at Fenway Park on Sunday, May 8th
  • Tony La Russ’s club has won five straight, while Alex Cora’s crew has lost four in a row and find themselves in the AL East cellar
  • Read below for the White Sox vs Red Sox odds and our betting preview

The Chicago White Sox (13-13) face the Boston Red Sox (10-18) on Sunday at Fenway Park. The series finale has a scheduled first pitch of 11:35pm ET. The White Sox will send Dallas Keuchel to the mound, while Michael Wacha will try to play stopper for the home team.

The Red Sox are a home favorite in this spot and have +700 odds to win the AL East in the MLB Division odds, while Chicago is a -110 favorite to capture he AL Central. La Russa’s group is expected to win 91.5 games, while the Red Sox are projected to win 85.5 in MLB win totals.

White Sox vs Red Sox Odds

Team Runline Moneyline Total
Chicago White Sox +1.5 (-165) +120 Ov 8.5 (-105)
Boston Red Sox -1.5 (+140) -145 Un 8.5 (-115)

Odds as of May 7th at BetMGM

Keuchel, a Cy Young Award Winner and two-time All-Star, has struggled in four starts this season. In his second outing, he lasted only one inning against the Guardians, allowing 10 hits, seven earned runs, one walk and failed to strike out a batter in an eventual 11-1 defeat.

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In the lefty’s most recent outing against the Angels last Sunday, he lasted five innings, allowing six hits, four earned runs and five walks while striking out one in a 6-5 loss.

Meantime, Wacha has fared significantly better in 2022. Boston is 4-1 in the 30-year-old’s five starts and coming off a 5.2-inning performance against those same Halos, allowing three hits, no earned runs and two walks while striking out a pair in a 4-0 Red Sox win on Tuesday.

Chicago vs Boston: Probable Pitchers

The grizzled veteran in a supremely talented Pale Hose starting rotation, Keuchel has been a disappointment so far. He’s only gone 15 innings, allowing 24 hits, 14 earned runs and 11 walks against only eight strikeouts. He’s also allowed three home runs.

There’s speculation among White Sox insiders that if Keuchel doesn’t start to perform better, he could be in danger of losing his spot in the rotation to Johnny Cueto.

As for Wacha, the 30-year-old former Cardinal has been a godsend for a Sox rotation that has struggled mightily. He’s gone 26 innings, allowing 13 hits, only four earned runs and 11 walks while striking out 19. With Chris Sale suffering a setback in his fractured rib cage recovery and Nick Pivetta sporting an 0-4 record and 7.84 ERA, Wacha has been the surprise ace of the staff.

Dallas Keuchel vs Michael Wacha

Keuchel
VS
Wacha
1-3 Record 3-0
8.40 ERA 1.38
5.03 xERA 3.17
9.8% K% 19%

White Sox Recent Dominance Over Red Sox

While both teams have been competitive overall in recent years, it’s Chicago that has gotten the better of Boston in head-to-head matchups — winning seven of the last ten.

José Abreu was the hero on Saturday, hitting a go-ahead double in the 10th after the White Sox tied it an inning earlier. Rafael Devers had an RBI double for Boston, which has lost 13 of 17 and six straight series. The Sox big free agent signing, Trevor Story, has been a massive disappointment so far,  slashing .202/.287/.568 with no home runs in 89 at-bats so far. Cora was ejected for arguing after Story was called out on strikes in the 3-1 loss.

The White Sox have +1000 odds to win the Fall Classic, while the Red Sox are +2200 odds in the World Series odds.

White Sox vs Red Sox Last 10 Meetings

Date Home Team Away Team Score
5/7/22 Red Sox White Sox CHW, 3-1
5/6/22 Red Sox White Sox CHW, 4-2
9/12/21 White Sox Red Sox CHW, 2-1
9/11/21 White Sox Red Sox BOS, 9-8
9/10/21 White Sox Red Sox CHW, 4-3
4/19/21 Red Sox White Sox BOS, 11-4
4/18/21 Red Sox White Sox CHW, 5-1
4/18/21 Red Sox White Sox CHW, 3-2
4/17/21 Red Sox White Sox BOS, 7-4
6/26/19 Red Sox White Sox CHW, 8-7

White Sox vs Red Sox Prediction

The Red Sox have clearly hit a wall. But with Wacha on the mound, Boston has hope to salvage the series against a pitcher who has struggled to find the strike zone lately in Keuchel.

Pick: Red Sox (-145)

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