Chicago Cubs vs. Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox host the Chicago Cubs in one of the most anticipated interleague match ups of the first weekend of interleague play of the 2011 MLB season. The Red Sox are -230 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under total set 8.5
The Boston Red Sox have overcome their horrible start to the season as they are three games over .500 and just a game and a half back in the American League East. The Red Sox have won six games in a row, are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and are 14-9 overall at home this season. As a team Boston is hitting .258 led by Adrian Gonzalez at .314, Jed Lowrie at .310, David Ortiz at .293, and Jacoby Ellsbury at .290. The Red Sox pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.23 with the starters at 4.11 and the bullpen at 4.45. For game one Boston Starts Jon Lester who has won his last five decisions. For the season Lester has allowed 48 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 58 in 57.2 innings of work.
The Chicago Cubs are still underachieving in 2011 as they find themselves five and a half games back and in fifth place in the National League Central. The Cubs have won their last two games but are 4-6 in their last 10 games and 10-10 o the road this season. As a team Chicago is hitting .279 led by Starlin Castro at .331, Darwin Barney at .322, Marlon Byrd at .312, and Aramis Ramirez at .287. The Cubs pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.59 with the starters at 5.49 and the bullpen at 3.02. For game one at Fenway Park Chicago starts Doug Davis who pitched well in while losing his only start this season. In his one outing Davis allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out six in five innings of work while taking the loss as the Cubs were shut out.
Boston is 6-0 in their last six home games, 4-1 in their last five home games against a left handed starter, and 11-3 in Lester’s last 14 interleague starts. Chicago is 13-5 in their last 18 games against a left handed starter, 4-9 in their last 13 against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 in their last six against the American League East.
I feel like the Boston Red Sox are a good choice here despite the high odds. Take the Red Sox minus the 230.
Boston Red Sox -230 Chicago Cubs