The Red Sox will turn to Rick Porcello (5-11 5.81) in an attempt to win the series in Chicago as he comes off of the disabled list. His last start was about a month ago against this same White Sox team, which wasn't one of his best starts this season. He gave up 6 runs in 2 plus innings and was placed on the DL with a strained triceps after the start. The White Sox will counter with their ace, Chris Sale (12-7 3.34) and Boston will hold out David Ortiz from their lineup, but not because the slugger has poor numbers against him.
Ortiz is hitting .385 against Sale in his career, with 13 at-bats. Currently, lefties are actually hitting better off of Sale this year than righties (lefties:.258, righties:.215). Porcello hasn't fared well off of a bunch of the White Sox hitters; Cabrera: .545 in 22 at-bats and Garcia: .467 in 15 at-bats. The Red Sox hope that Porcello has taken the opportunity on his rehab assignment to get healthy but also figure out some of the mechanical issues that he's been dealing with in his first season in Boston.
- In a very small sample size, Xander Bogaerts is 4/8 against Sale with a homer
- Mookie Betts has 9 RBIs in his last 11 games
- Trayce Thompson, brother of NBA Star Klay, is 12/23 in his first 11 major league games, he had 3 RBIs last night
- The White Sox are only 5 games behind the Rangers for the final Wild Card spot
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