Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
After scoring a combined 25 runs on Monday, the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox meet for game two of their series at Camden Yards. The Red Sox are -125 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Baltimore Orioles generated 10 runs on offense on Monday yet it still wasn’t good enough for the win. J.J. Hardy had two hits including a home run and three RBI’s, Adam Jones had two hits including a home run and scored twice, and Mark Wieters and Derek Lee had two hits each as part of 12 hits for the Orioles. Starter Brad Bergesen allowed eight hits and six runs, four of them earned, over five innings of work to not factor in the decision while Mike Gonzalez allowed three runs off of one hit to take his second loss but the rest of the pen couldn’t even keep it close as they let Boston score another five runs. For Tuesday’s game Baltimore starts Jeremy Guthrie who is having a rough year and who has lost his last four starts. For the season Guthrie has allowed 130 hits and 61 earned runs while striking out 80 over 123.1 innings of work.
The Boston Red Sox let the lead get away from them on Monday but they came back and made a statement with an eight run eighth inning to cruise to another win. Jarrod Saltalmacchia had two hits including a home run, Josh Reddick homered, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and scored three times, and Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youklis, and Darnell McDonald all had three RBI’s in te 16 hit 15 run offensive explosion. Starting pitcher Tim Wakefield was touched up for nine hits and seven runs over 4.2 innings of work and it was Dan Wheeler who got the win after not allowing a hit in 2.1 innings of work. For Tuesday’s rematch Boston starts Kyle Weiland who was crushed in his only start this year. In his only appearance Weiland allowed eight hits and six runs over four innings against these same Orioles in Boston.
Baltimore is 2-6 in their last eight home games, 1-10 in their last 11 games two of a series, and 1-4 in Guthrie’s last five starts. Boston is 15-3 in their last 18 games against a team with a losing record, 24-8 in their last 32 road games, and 22-5 against the A.L. East. Boston is 39-14 in the last 53 meetings of these two.
Boston has been dominant on the road and in the division and with the odds being short based on starting pitching, the Red Sox are the choice here. Take the Red Sox minus the 125.
Boston Red Sox -125 Baltimore Orioles