Banuelos expected to start as White Sox host the Red Sox
Chicago; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Red Sox favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Red Sox travel to Guaranteed Rate Field to face the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox are 8-8 in home games. The Chicago pitching staff owns a team ERA of 5.30, Reynaldo Lopez leads the staff with a mark of 6.69.
The Red Sox are 7-11 on the road. Boston has a collective on-base percentage of .321, good for fourth in the American League. J.D. Martinez leads the club with a mark of .397. The Red Sox won the last meeting 6-1. Chris Sale secured his first victory and Rafael Devers went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for Boston. Lopez took his fourth loss for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: White Sox: 6-4, .280 batting average, 5.01 ERA, outscored opponents by four runs
Red Sox: 6-4, .274 batting average, 2.92 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs
White Sox Injuries: Carlos Rodon: 10-day IL (elbow), Michael Kopech: 60-day IL (elbow), Nate Jones: 10-day IL (elbow), Ryan Burr: 10-day IL (shoulder), Eloy Jimenez: 10-day IL (ankle), Jon Jay: 10-day IL (hip).
Red Sox Injuries: Brian Johnson: 10-day IL (elbow), Nathan Eovaldi: 10-day IL (elbow), Dustin Pedroia: 10-day IL (knee), Eduardo Nunez: 10-day IL (back), Tzu-Wei Lin: day-to-day (undisclosed), Brock Holt: 10-day IL (eye).