Lackey, Lester and Francona Return to Fenway with Cubs
The Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox will meet on Saturday at Fenway Park in an interleague contest. The game will be broadcast by FOX Sports 1 and first pitch will be at 4:05 EST.
Pitchers Jon Lester and John Lackey were in the middle of the mess of downing fried chicken and beer in the clubhouse during games. This led to a sign that Terry Francona had lost his handle of the Red Sox. While Lester will not face the Red Sox at Fenway Park this weekend, Lackey will be on the mound for the Chicago Cubs today.
Lackey will make his first regular-season start against Boston since Sept. of 2009. He is 1-3 with 4.88 ERA and has lost his last three starts. Lackey has gave up 23 hits and 13 earned runs in 24 innings. He has also walking nine and striking out 16.
Starting this game for the Red Sox will be Steven Wright. The right hander has a 8.66 ERA to go along with a 1-2 record this season.
Both right-handers have done well in interleague play. Lackey is 22-16 with a 3.24 ERA in 48 games (47 starts). Wright 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in four games (three starts) and a .207 opponents' batting average.
Oddsmakers opened the Red Sox as -101-moneyline favorites versus the Cubs, while the game's total opened at 9. The line is now Chicago as a -115 moneyline favorite and the total is at 10.5.
MLB Betting Trends
|Chicago Cubs 12-10|
|Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Chi Cubs is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs's last 10 games|
|Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road|
|Chi Cubs is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games on the road|
|Chi Cubs is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston|
Boston Red Sox 12-10
|Boston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games|
|Boston is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home|
|Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Boston's last 17 games at home|
|Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs|
Chicago at Boston Sunday, April 30
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