Chicago Cubs vs Boston Red Sox Prediction MLB Picks 4/26/24

Boston Red Sox (14-11) vs Chicago Cubs (15-9)

Game Info: Friday, April 26, 2024 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Kutter Crawford (1-0) (0.66) vs Shota Imanaga (3-0) (0.84)

Betting Odds: Boston Red Sox -110 / Chicago Cubs +100 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox meet Friday in MLB action from Fenway Park. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Chicago Cubs vs. Boston Red Sox prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Chicago Cubs will be sending Shota Imanaga to the mound for this start and Imanaga is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. This will be Imanaga’s first career start against the Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox will send Kutter Crawford to the mound here, and Crawford is 1-0 with a 0.66 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This will be Crawford’s second career start against the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs Recap

The Chicago Cubs come into this series fresh off of their sweep of the Houston Astros, taking the series finale by a final score of 3-1. The Cubs fell behind out of the gate in the top of the 1st, and were stymied by a lot of Justin Verlander’s outing, but like a lot of teams have this season, the Cubs broke through against the Houston Astros’ bullpen and managed to get the runs needed for the bullpen to hold things down the rest of the way. The Cubs are playing well coming into this series, coming off of a series split with the Marlins and last time the Cubs were on the road, they won their series against the defending NL Champion Arizona Diamondbacks.

Cubs Rolling Along Offensively

Nico Hoerner leads the Cubs with 27 hits, 7 doubles and a .300 batting average while Michael Busch has a team-high 6 home runs with 16 RBIs and Cody Bellinger has 5 homers with a team-high 17 RBIs this season. Busch also has a team-high 30 strikeouts while Dansby Swanson, Christopher Morel and Seiya Suzuki all have 3 homers so far this season.

Chicago Cubs Team Facts

  • The Cubs have won each of their last eight road games against American League opponents following a home win.
  • The Cubs have covered the run line in each of their last six games against American League opponents after playing the previous day.
  • The Cubs have led after 7 innings in each of their last five games against American League opponents.
  • The Cubs have won the first inning in each of their last three night games.
  • The Cubs have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last three games at Fenway Park.

Boston Red Sox Recap

The Boston Red Sox come into the series off of their series with the Cleveland Guardians, losing Thursday’s rubber match by a final score of 6-4. The series loss was their second against the Guardians in the last ten days with a series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates sandwiched in the middle. Boston fell behind early, giving up five runs in the second and clawed back with two runs in the 3rd and 6th innings, and even outhit Cleveland 10-8 in the game but it wasn’t enough as Cleveland came away with the W.

Banged Up Red Sox Need Offensive Consistency

Jarren Duran leads the Red Sox with 28 hits along with 8 stolen bases, 5 doubles and 29 strikeouts and is one of seven Boston bats with 10 RBIs so far this season. Tyler O’Neill has a team-high 7 home runs and Triston Casas has 6 homers with 10 RBIs as well while Wilyer Abreu has a team-leading 7 doubles. Connor Wong also has 5 home runs and a team-leading 11 RBIs this season.

Boston Red Sox Team Facts

  • The Red Sox have won each of their last four games as underdogs against NL Central opponents.
  • The Red Sox have covered the run line in each of their last six games following a road loss.
  • The Red Sox have won the first inning in each of their last four games as home underdogs.
  • The Red Sox have led after 3 innings in each of their last four games as underdogs against NL Central opponents.
  • The Red Sox have led after 5 innings in each of their last four games as underdogs against NL Central opponents.

Cubs vs. Red Sox Prediction

I’m on the Cubs here. I like what I saw from Chicago in the Houston series and Imanaga’s been really good out of the gate and has a strong Cubs bullpen behind him. The Red Sox are still banged up, and haven’t been able to help Kutter Crawford. Despite his sub-1.00 ERA, Crawford only has a team record of 2-3 on the year because the bullpen lets him down or the offense doesn’t come through. I’m not sure which it’ll be here, but I think the Cubs get the job done and draw first blood. Give me the Cubs here.

Chris’s Pick Chicago Cubs +100

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