White Sox vs. Red Sox Prediction
The White Sox rallied in the top of the ninth inning to stun the Red Sox, then beat Boston in extra innings on Saturday. Will Chicago break out the brooms when these two teams meet in the series finale at 11:35 a.m. on Sunday?
915 Chicago White Sox (+120) at 916 Boston Red Sox (-141); o/u 8.5
11:35 a.m. ET, Sunday, May 8, 2022
Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Chicago White Sox DFS SPIN
Yermín Mercedes (hand) began a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Charlotte. There isn't exactly an open spot for Mercedes at the big-league level, which means he'll likely remain at Triple-A Charlotte once he's fully healthy. The 29-year-old slugger was off to an excellent start in spring training before sustaining a hamate fracture in his left hand. He would make sense as a potential trade candidate later this summer.
Boston Red Sox DFS Spin
Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Saturday that Chris Sale (rib) has been delayed in his rehabilitation due to a personal, non-COVID, medical issue. Bloom added that Sale's medical issue isn't rib or arm related, which is an extremely positive sign, but it's expected to delay his return to the Red Sox' starting rotation by at least a few weeks. There isn't an exact timetable for his return, but it seems unlikely that he'll be back until sometime around midseason. The 33-year-old southpaw is expected to resume throwing soon. He's been sidelined since mid-March due to a stress fracture in his right rib cage.
White Sox vs. Red Sox MLB BETTING PREDICTION
The White Sox are 5-2 in their last seven games versus the Red Sox, are 4-0 in their last four games overall and are 4-1 in their last five games versus AL East rivals. The Red Sox are just 1-5 in their last six home games, are 0-4 in their last four games as a favorite and have dropped four of their last five games when playing the third game of a series.
MLB BETTING PREDICTION: CHICAGO WHITE SOX +120