Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Boston Red Sox look to right the ship as they host the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. The Red Sox are -300 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Boston Red Sox are sinking fast and they can only hope the finish line to the regular season arrives before they run out of gas. On Tuesday Adrian Gonzalez had three hits including a home run, Dustin Pedroia had two hits, and Mike Aviles added two hits as the Red Sox scored five runs on 10 hits for the game. On the mound Eric Bedard lasted just 2.2 innings allowing five hits and four earned runs but didn’t factor in the decision as it was Daniel Bard who took his ninth loss after allowing two hits and two runs and Jonathan Papelbon got the blown save as he was unable to quench the fire. For Wednesday game Boston looks for a much needed win as they start Josh Beckett who has won three of his last four starts. For the season Beckett has allowed 132 hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 162 over 179.2 innings of work.
The Baltimore Orioles have the second worst record in the American League but they haven’t backed down from the Red Sox in this series. Robert Andino, Nick Markakis, and Adam Jones each had three hits as the Orioles had 14 hits and scored seven runs. Starter Rick Vanderhunk allowed seven hits and five runs while striking out four lasting just three innings as it was eventually Willie Eyre who got his second win and Jim Johnson earned his eighth save. For Wednesday’s game Baltimore starts Tommy Hunter who got a win in his last start after pitching seven scoreless innings against the Angels. Since moving to Baltimore Hunter has allowed 72 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 29 over 57.2 innings of work.
Boston is 3-10 in their last 13 games overall, 2-9 in their last 11 home games against a right handed starter, and 20-7 in Beckett’s last 27 starts. Baltimore is 5-2 in their last seven games overall, 18-38 in their last 56 games as an underdog, and 1-4 in Hunter’s last five starts against the A.L. East. Baltimore is 13-42 in their last 55 games in Boston.
There is no reason to be laying big odds on the Red Sox as they haven’t done anything of late to make us believe they are worth that type of investment. I’m going to take a shot with the Orioles at +255.
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