Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Cubs host Red Sox, try to continue home winning streak

Boston Red Sox (43-34, third in AL East) vs Chicago Cubs (31-46, third in NL Central)

Chicago; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDT

Pitching Prospects: Red Sox: Josh Winkowski (3-1, 3.60 ERA, 1.45 whips, 13 strikeouts); Cubs: Alec Mills (0-1, 9.87 ERA, 1.73 whips, 10 strikeouts)

fanduel sportsbook Line: Red Sox -145, Cubs +123; over/under is 10 runs

Bottom line: The Chicago Cubs will look to keep their three-game home win streak alive when they face the Boston Red Sox.

Chicago is 31-46 on aggregate and 16-26 at home. The Cubs lead 9-15 in games decided by one run.

Boston leads 23-18 in Road Games and 43-34 on aggregate. The Red Sox hitters have a collective .418 slugging percentage that ranks sixth in MLB.

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Saturday’s game is the second time these teams will clash this season.

Top Performer: Patrick Wisdom has 15 doubles, 16 home runs and 43 RBI for the Cubs. Christopher Morrell is 14-for-41 in the last 10 matches with three doubles and three home runs.

Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with a .326 batting average, and has 26 doubles, a third, 17 home runs, 24 walks and 45 RBIs. Alex Verdugo is 15-for-40 in the last 10 games with two home runs and 10 RBIs.

Last 10 games: Cubs: 6-4, .291 batting average, 4.25 ERA, beat opponents by 16 runs

Red Sox: 7-3, .288 batting average, 3.89 ERA, dismissed opponents by 12 runs

Injuries: Cubs: David Botte: Day-Day (Shoulder), Jason Hayward: 10-Day IL (Knee), Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (Quadricep), Daniel Norris: 15-Day IL (Finger), Frank Schwindell: 10-day IL (back), Nick Madrigal: 10-day IL (groin), Wade Miley: 15-day IL (shoulder), Marcus Strowman: 15-day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-day IL (elbow) ), Drew Smiley: 15-day IL (slant), Seiya Suzuki: 10-day IL (finger), Ethan Roberts: 60-day IL (shoulder), Edbert Aljole: 60-day IL (shoulder), Cody Heuer: 60 -Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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Red Sox: Rich Hill: Days-of-Day (Knee), Nathan Iovaldi: 15-Day IL (Back), Garrett Whitlock: 15-Day IL (Hip), Kike Hernandez: 10-Day IL (Hip), Matt Barnes: 15 -Day IL (shoulder), Josh Taylor: 60-Day IL (Back), Chris Sales: 60-Day IL (Rib), James Paxton: 60-Day IL (Elbow)

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