- The Boston Red Sox are -130 road favorites over the Chicago Cubs in an MLB inter-league afternoon game scheduled for Friday, July 1
- Boston is 5-4 straight up all-time at Wrigley Field
- All of the Red Sox vs Cubs odds and best bets are analyzed in the story below
As they arrive at Wrigley Field to being a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs (30-46, 15-26 home), the Boston Red Sox (43-33, 23-17 away) have got it going on. The Red Sox have won four of their last six road games and eight of the last 10 games overall.
As for the Cubs, a 15-7 win Thursday night over the Cincinnati Reds left them with four wins through the past 10 games. It’s the first meeting between these two storied ballclubs since 2017 and the first at Chicago since 2012. Chicago has won four of six overall in the series but Boston is 2-1 in the last three games played at Wrigley.
Oddsmakers are liking the visitors keep rolling inside the friendly confines. Boston is set as a -130 road favorite. Chicago is 9-17 straight up as a home underdog this season.
First pitch at Wrigley Field is set for 2:20pm ET on Friday, July 1. Thunderstorms are in the forecast, with 10 mph wind and a temperature of 78 degrees.
Red Sox vs Cubs Odds
|Boston Red Sox||-130||-1.5 (+118)||O 9 (-110)|
|Chicago Cubs||+110||+1.5 (-140)||U 9 (-110)|
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At odds of -185, the Red Sox are offering an implied probability of victory of 56.52% in the MLB betting line. A successful $10 wager on Boston would deliver a payout of $17.70.
The MLB betting trends show that in the AL Division odds, Boston is +3000 to win the AL East. Chicago is +6000 to win the NL Central. The MLB pennant odds show the Red Sox at +1200 to win the AL flag. Boston is at +2500 to win it all in the World Series odds.
Boston vs Chicago Probable Pitchers
This is the third tour of duty with the Red Sox during the 18-season big-league career of veteran southpaw Rich Hill. He launched life in The Show pitching four seasons for the Cubs from 2005-08, so he knows the friendly confines well.
— Tyler Milliken ⚾️ (@tylermilliken_) June 26, 2022
Hill is 11-6 with a 3.71 ERA at Wrigley over 34 appearances, 31 of them starts. He’s showing one complete game and one shutout among those numbers. Hill’s also 29-15 with a 3.78 ERA in 113 career day-game appearances.
Hill has pitched four times against the Cubs. He’s 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.
Hill vs Sampson
Cubs right-hander Adrian Sampson still hasn’t figured in a decision in three 2022 appearances. He went a season-high five innings in his latest start against the St. Louis Cardinals and surrendered the first earned runs (two) of his campaign.
Adrian Sampson, Dirty 85mph Slider. 😨 pic.twitter.com/IvH3gfb5MY
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 25, 2022
Sampson has registered one win in his last 13 MLB appearances. Six of those trips to the bump have come as a starter. He’s 3-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 18 day-game appearances, which include nine starts.
At Wrigley Field he’s 0-1 with a 1.57 ERA in seven appearances, two of them starts. Sampson is 0-1 with a 9.31 ERA in two career starts against the Red Sox.
Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers
|Red Sox Batters||Batting Average vs Sampson||Cubs Batters||Batting Average vs Hill|
|Christian Arroyo||.000||David Bote||1.000|
|Xander Bogaerts||.600||Willson Contreras||.500|
|Jackie Bradley Jr||.500||Narciso Crook||.000|
|Franchy Cordero||.000||Yan Gomes||.250|
|Bobby Dalbec||.000||Ian Happ||.000|
|Jarren Duran||.000||PJ Higgins||.000|
|JD Martinez||.333||Nico Hoerner||.000|
|Kevin Plawecki||.000||Christopher Morel||.000|
|Rob Refsnyder||.000||Rafael Ortega||.000|
|Trevor Story||.000||Alfonso Rivas||.000|
|Alex Verdugo||.000||Andrelton Simmons||.333|
|Christian Vazquez||.400||Nelson Velazquez||.000|
Boston’s Xander Bogaerts is 3-for-5 (.600) when facing Sampson, including a solo homer. Jackie Bradley Jr is 2-for-4 (.500). Both hits are homers and he’s driven in four runs. Christian Vazquez is 2-for-5 (.400). both JD Martinez and Rafael Devers are 1-for-3 (.333) and that one hit in each case was a solo homer.
PATRICK WISDOM CRUSHES A GRAND SLAM TO WAVELAND 🤯 pic.twitter.com/mCO5i4GVyo
— Cubs Zone ™️ (@CubsZone) July 1, 2022
Chicago’s Patrick Wisdom is 2-for-2 (1.000) against Hill with a homer and four RBI. David Bote is also batting 1,000 (1-for-1). Willson Contreras is 4-for-8 (.500) with an RBI and Andrelton Simmons is 1-for-3 (.333).
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Red Sox vs Cubs Prediction
Something is going to have to give in this game. Chicago played Thursday night. Boston had the day off. The Cubs are an MLB best 2-0 SU this season when playing with a rest disadvantage. However, the Red Sox are a perfect 3-0 SU with a rest advantage during the 2022 campaign.
Rich Hill ever so quietly has a 3.30 ERA since 2010 (!!!) pic.twitter.com/6BfGCYVcRv
— Stark Raving Sports (@StarkRaveSports) June 27, 2022
Boston has hit Sampson hard. As well, Hill looks to be a triple threat. He’s showing solid career numbers against the Cubs, at Wrigley and in the daytime.
Pick: Boston Red Sox ML (-130)
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