A series opener between the Boston Red Sox (43-33) and Chicago Cubs (30-46) is scheduled for Friday at 2:20 PM ET, at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs play as a home underdog (+110) versus the Red Sox (-130). The Boston Red Sox will hand the ball to Rich Hill (4-4, 4.23 ERA), who is looking for win No. 5 on the season, and the Cubs will counter with Adrian Sampson.
The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays by a 6-5 score in their most recent game Friday. Alex Verdugo went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI to lead them offensively while Matt Strahm picked up the win after throwing two innings, giving up one earned run on three hits while striking out three.
The Cubs beat the Reds 15-7 yesterday. Patrick Wisdom led the way offensively after going 3-for-6 with two home runs and six RBI, and Kyle Hendricks got the win, pitching six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out seven.
Before watching this Red Sox vs. Cubs matchup, here is what you need to know about Friday’s action on the diamond.
Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs Odds and Betting Lines
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Favorite: Red Sox (-130, bet $130 to win $100)
Underdog: Cubs (+110, bet $100 to win $110)
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Red Sox Stats and Trends
Red Sox Betting Records
The Red Sox have entered the game as favorites 44 times this season and won 29, or 65.9%, of those games.
Boston has a record of 18-11 in games where sportsbooks favor them by at least -130 on the moneyline.
The implied probability of a win from the Red Sox, based on the moneyline, is 56.5%.
Boston’s games have gone over the total in 30 of their 76 chances.
In 76 games with a spread this season, the Red Sox are 43-33-0 ATS.
Rich Hill (Red Sox Probable Starter)
Hill (4-4) will take the mound for the Red Sox, his 15th start of the season.
The left-hander’s last start was on Sunday, when he tossed six innings while giving up one earned run on five hits in a matchup with the Cleveland Guardians.
The 42-year-old has pitched in 14 games this season with a 4.23 ERA and 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings with a batting average against of .259.
In 14 starts this season, he’s earned three quality starts.
Hill will look to finish five or more innings for the fourth start in a row.
The Cubs have scored 336 runs this season, which ranks 14th in MLB. They have 647 hits, ninth in baseball, with 77 home runs (18th in the league).
Red Sox Batting Stats
The Red Sox rank 19th in Major League Baseball with 73 home runs.
Hitters for the Red Sox rank fifth in the majors with a combined .418 team slugging percentage.
Boston has a team batting average of .261 this season, which ranks second among MLB teams.
The Red Sox have scored 364 runs this season, which ranks sixth in MLB.
Boston is among the best in the league at getting on base, ranking second with an OBP of .326.
The Red Sox have shown patience at the plate this season with the seventh-best rate of strikeouts per game (7.8) among MLB offenses.
Cubs Stats and Trends
Cubs Betting Records
The Cubs have been chosen as underdogs in 52 games this year and have walked away with the win 20 times (38.5%) in those games.
Chicago has a win-loss record of 14-24 when favored by +110 or worse by sportsbooks this year.
The Cubs have an implied victory probability of 47.6% according to the moneyline set by oddsmakers for this matchup.
Contests with Chicago have gone over the total set by oddsmakers in 39 of 76 chances this season.
The Cubs are 38-38-0 against the spread in their 76 games with a line set by sportsbooks this season.
Adrian Sampson (Cubs Probable Starter)
Sampson (0-0) starts for the Cubs, his second of the season.
The right-hander last pitched on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals, when he tossed five innings, allowing two earned runs while giving up four hits.
In three appearances this season, he has a 2.53 ERA and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings while opponents are hitting .179 against him.
He will take the mound against a Red Sox offense that ranks first in the league with 685 total hits (on a .261 batting average). The squad also slugs a collective .418 (fifth in the league) with 73 total home runs (19th in MLB action).
Cubs Batting Stats
The Cubs average 1.0 home run per game to rank 18th in MLB action with 77 total home runs .
So far this year, the Cubs’ .401 slugging percentage ranks 13th in the league.
Chicago’s .250 batting average is 10th-best in MLB.
The offense for the Cubs is the No. 14 offense in baseball scoring 4.4 runs per game (336 total runs).
Chicago ranks fifth in the league with a .325 on-base percentage.
The Cubs’ 8.7 strikeouts per game rank 23rd in the league.
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