Chicago scored 12 runs in taking the first two games of the
series from the Nationals but managed a total of two in the
doubleheader to close out a 4-6 homestand. The last-place club is
opening up an 11-game trip at Boston and is visiting Fenway Park for
the second time since losing the 1918 World Series in six games.
Boston scored more than three runs for the third time in the last 15
games in its 8-5 victory over the Yankees on Sunday as top prospect
Mookie Betts made his major-league debut.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, CSN Chicago, NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Jake Arrieta (4-1, 2.05 ERA) vs. Red Sox
RH Jake Peavy (1-6, 4.93)
Arrieta is one of the pleasant surprises in Chicago this season and
has picked up the win in three straight starts. The 28-year-old
notched 29 strikeouts and two walks while allowing three runs in 21
innings over those three outings. Arrieta was not so sharp against
Boston back when he was a member of the Baltimore Orioles and posted
a 0-3 record with a 5.90 ERA in six appearances (five starts)
against the former division rivals.
Red Sox manager John Farrell was noncommittal about Peavy making the
start after the veteran was hammered for seven runs on eight hits in
five innings at Seattle on Tuesday. Eventually Boston decided to
send down right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and give Peavy a chance to
earn his first win since April 25. The Alabama native has
surrendered a total of six home runs in his last four outings.
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1. Red Sox 3B Xander Bogaerts is 6-for-66 in his last 18 games.
2. Chicago LF Junior Lake is 0-5 with a pair of strikeouts since
returning from a minor head injury.
3. Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia went 6-for-7 in the back-to-back wins on
Saturday and Sunday.
PREDICTION: Cubs 5, Red Sox 2
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