Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox
First place meets last in the American League East as the Baltimore Orioles host the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are -120 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Baltimore Orioles have simply played solid baseball and with a quarter of the season gone in baseball they don’t appear to be going away. The Orioles are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 12-9 at home this season, and they lead the A.L. East by two games. As a team the Orioles are hitting .250 with Adam Jones hitting .308, Chris Davis hitting .293, and Robert Andino at .264. As a team the Orioles pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.37 with the starters at 4.12 and the bullpen at 2.08. For game one against the Red Sox Baltimore starts Tommy Hunter who has had just one decision in his last four starts, a loss. For the season Hunter has allowed 51 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 28 over 49 innings of work for a 4.78 ERA.
The Boston Red Sox are improving but it isn’t helping them in the division standings. The Red Sox are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 11-10 on the road this season, and they are in last place in the American League East, 6.5 games behind the leaders. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .335 with David Ortiz hitting .335, Ryan Sweeney is hitting .311, and Dustin Pedroia is hitting .301. As a team the Red Sox pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.86 with the starters at 5.25 and the bullpen at 3.70. For game one at Camden Yards Boston starts Clay Buchholz who is having a disappointing season. For the year Buchholz has allowed 61 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 25 over 44 innings of work for a 7.77 ERA.
Baltimore is 19-8 in their last 27 games overall, 15-6 in their last 21 games against a right handed starter, and 9-2 in Hunter’s last 11 starts. Boston is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall, 8-17 in game one of a series, and 21-9 in Buchholz’s last 30 road starts. Boston is 79-37 in the last 116 meetings of these two.
Both of these pitchers are hittable and both of these lineups can hit and look for them to hit here as this one goes over a huge total.