Chicago Cubs vs Boston Red Sox MLB Baseball Picks

Boston Red Sox vs Chicago Cubs MLB Baseball Picks: 2 of the top teams in the National League square off in MLB betting action on Tuesday night, as the Philadelphia Phillies (25-15,  $453) duke it out with the St. Louis Cardinals (23-19, -$25).

This is actually the first time in almost 100 years that the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs fulfilled at Fenway Park.  On Sunday Night Baseball betting action on Sunday, these two will meet in their rubber game after dividing the first two games in this series.

Give the Cubbies some credit for fighting back in this series , plating nine runs against a helpless Alfredo Aceves and company.  The problem that they have on Sunday is that they have essentially run out of pitchers.  Matt Garza was the scheduled guy on the bulge on Sunday, but he's got a stiff arm and has been taken from the fold.

That means that James Russell will need to step in the fold, something that Manager Mike Quade really didn't need to do because he is currently managing a slew of arms on the disabled list.  And we can certainly understand why he doesn't need Russell projecting again on Sunday because he threw three innings in relief on Friday night.

The good thing is that he did throw three scoreless frames in what was his best outing of the year, but if push comes to shove, he is still just 1-4 with a 6.26 ERA this year.  Batters are hitting on .309 from him, and that's after allowing just two hits Friday night.  The bullpen has already been used and mistreated in this series as well, therefore it might be a long, long game for the Cubs.

Not that Boston is not in the exact same type of a position right now... Manager Terry Francona is currently without two of his typical starters in the rotation, but his pleasant news is that he can plug in the timeless wonder, Tim Wakefield into the fold to get a place start whenever he is needed.

Wakefield is seven wins short of 200 in his career (of course, he's only 27 losses short of 200 as well), and on this year , he has made two place starts in 11 appearances.  He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 23.1 innings of work, numbers of which are nowhere close flattering to say the least.

Wakefield has started twice this year with varying levels of success.  He allowed eight runs, six of which were earned on May 6th from the Minnesota Twins.  Five times before that though, he held the Seattle Mariners to one run and three hits in 5.2 innings.

Chicago Cubs vs. Boston Red Sox Free Picks: We'd really like to see Wakefield get to 200 wins in his career, but we just aren't so sure that it is likely to happen.  However, he'll take an additional step in the ideal direction now, coming up with a decent start from a swing joyful Chicago team.

Russell, on essentially just 1 afternoon 's rest, isn't lasting all that long, and the rest of the bullpen isn't going to have the ability to cut it.
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