Boston vs Chicago White Sox by Sors
Kelly, who went 1-3 with a 5.54 ERA in his previous seven starts at Fenway Park, will start for the first time against the White Sox, although he has already faced some of their hitters before.Melky Cabrera is 2-for-6 against Kelly, while Geovany Soto and Emilio Bonifacio are hitting .333 (1-for-3) against him.
John Danks (5-8 with a 4.66 ERA), who will start for Chicago, is coming off two straight quality starts, in which the right-hander gave up 9 hits and struck out nine over 12 2/3 scoreless innings against the Royals on July 17 (2-0) and the St. Louis Cardinals last Wednesday (2-3).
On the other hand, he has posted a 5.68 ERA in his previous eight road contests this season and is 4-6 with a 4.95 ERA in eleven career starts versus Boston.
Xander Bogaerts is 4-for-6, with 3 RBI and two walks off Danks, Ryan Hanigan is hitting .677 (2-for-3) with 2 RBI against him, Pablo Sandoval is 2-for-3, Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-5, with a homer, 2 RBI and a walk, Mike Napoli is 8-for-29, with 2 RBI and two walks, David Ortiz is 6-for-22, with 2 HR, 5 RBI and a walk, while Dustin Pedroia is 4-for-23, but with 2 RBI and two walks.Brock Holt is 2-for-4 against Danks, but his status is unknown.
The Red Sox were limited to three or fewer runs in eight of their last ten games, but scored 11 runs on 20 hits in the last game of their series against the Detroit Tigers yesterday.
The White Sox have .268 BA, with 40 runs and 11 HR from their last eight games.
Adam Eaton (.251 BA, 8 HR, 21 RBI), who missed the last game against Cleveland (2-1), could return for Chicago.
My bet is for more than eight runs in the opening game of this series between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox.
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