The struggling Baltimore Orioles will try to avoid losing their seventh straight game when they play host to the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park. New England Sports Network will be televising the matchup and the game is scheduled to get going at 3:05 p.m. ET.
Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Odds
Baltimore (+210) is coming into this one as the underdog to Boston (-230) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this one at 8 runs. The odds for wagering on the games total sit at -110 for both the over and the under. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds sitting at -155 for the Red Sox -1.5 runs and +135 for the Orioles +1.5 runs.
The Red Sox are 46-22 SU and have gone 37-30 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 11.8 units for moneyline bettors and 6.4 units ATS. Boston’s covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in all seven of them. The Orioles, on the other hand, are 19-47 SU and 24-41 ATS. They’ve lost 26.0 units for moneyline bettors and 22.1 units ATS. Baltimore has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in six of those seven.
Orioles games have a 26-37-2 over/under record so far in 2018. Boston has an over/under record of 31-34-2.
Chris Sale will get the start for Boston. The left-handed Sale is 5-4 with a 2.83 ERA and 120 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with eight strikeouts and a 1.80 ERA against Baltimore this year (three starts).
The Orioles are putting the ball in the hands of Yefry Ramirez (0-0, ERA), who has zero strikeouts and zero walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of . Ramirez has yet to face the Red Sox this year and did not pitch in the majors last season.
Baltimore’s pitching staff has yielded 5.2 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.32, a WHIP of 1.53 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.8. The bullpen has a 4.32 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 8.2 K/9. In 31 divisional games, Orioles starters have an ERA of 5.90 and the bullpens ERA is 3.66.
The Baltimore hitters are putting up 3.5 runs per contest, including 3.9 per game against divisional foes and 2.2 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .199/.303/.276 over its last five games and is 0-5 SU during that span.
Shortstop Manny Machado and right fielder Adam Jones have led the Orioles offense this year. Machado is hitting .311/.380/.586 with 18 home runs, 50 RBIs and 32 runs scored, while Jones is batting .286 with 10 homers, 29 RBIs and 26 runs.
In the visiting dugout, Boston’s pitching staff allowed 3.7 runs per game and its starters own a 3.71 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 9.60 K/9. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.02, along with a WHIP of 1.22 and a K/9 of 9.89.
The Red Sox offense has slashed .262/.331/.457 on its way to 5.1 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 2.8 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).
J.D. Martinez and Andrew Benintendi continue to lead Boston’s offense. Martinez is hitting .313/.381/.642 with 21 home runs, 54 RBIs and 42 runs scored, while Benintendi is hitting .297/.383/.554 with 12 homers, 46 RBIs, 48 runs and 11 steals.
The Red Sox have gained 13.4 units and are 31-21 ATS when facing a y starter this season. The over has hit in 25 of those games, compared to 25 that’ve gone under against -handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Orioles have lost 5.5 units and are 9-13 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in nine of those games, as opposed to 12 that’ve gone under.
Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – OVER
- The Red Sox have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Orioles have hit 10 over their last 10.
- Baltimore has recorded 16.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 16.6 over its last five.